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Six steps of recruitment

Step one: Define the job that needs to be done

Think about the specific tasks that need to be carried out, rather than which role you need to fill. It may be that one person can do them all, but far more likely that a number of people could share the tasks.

Think about what actually needs doing, what it will involve, where and when and who they might be working with to help define the job that needs doing.

Step two: Identify the skills and qualities needed

Try to describe the sort of person who could carry out the tasks you've outlined. Remember that a person may be ideal for one job but totally unsuited to another. Go through the key tasks, and think about what knowledge, skills or qualities the person will need to be able to carry them out.

Step three: Generate a list of who can do the job

Get together a group of people from different parts of the community, and ask them to help you create a list of people they know who might be able to do the job. Often we immediately think of people who are already in Scouting, but if we cast the net a bit wider then new people can bring fresh ideas and new ways of doing things into Scouting. We can also share the workload involved in delivering really good scouting.

Step four: Target the best choice

Now that you have a long list of people, start to compare their skills and qualities against those you identified for your ideal recruit. Be careful not to make assumptions about people. If you don't know enough about them make a note to find out more about them.

At this point you might want to make a shorter list and decide who you want to approach, so try to put them into order of preference. The person at the top of your list is your 'best choice'. Keep hold of your shortlist, just in case.

Step five: Ask someone to help you

You need to plan how you will ask your 'best choice' so that they are most likely to say yes. Think about who the best person is to do the asking, arranging a time to meet with them, what you will say at the meeting and agreeing the next steps with the individual.

Step six: Offer support and welcome them into Scouting

If they say no, then go back to your shortlist and ask the next person on the list.

If they say yes, then the next stage is to agree the next steps with them. What is the process from here on in?

Agree with them what the role they have taken on will entail.

Also, make sure they have all the support they need, and make sure they are properly welcomed into Scouting by starting on the integration phase.


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