So recently I’ve been trolling the WoW Guild Recruitment Forum and posting recruitment messages. In case you ever find yourself posting there (or anywhere else) looking for a guild, here are a few guidelines to getting noticed and getting a post.
Your title should be simple and informative. Something like “Exp. Glad Prot War/Arms War LF Top 500.” (A real post) So from this title I can glean that this warrior is dual specced, experienced (so he says) and achieved a Gladiator title in arena. He also states he is looking for a top 500 guild, which tells me what kind of guild he’s looking for and his attitude towards raiding (anyone looking for a top guild is probably fairly hardcore).
Make complete sentences and use punctuation. If your post is a big mash of words with no real structure, sense, etc. then it’s unlikely you’ll hear from me or anyone else. It’s not that I really care about grammar on a day to day basis in guild chat, but what matters is how you’re willing to present yourself. Basically, it shows that you put two seconds of effort into your post and doesn’t encourage a response on my part.
Be clear and detailed about what kind of guild you’re looking for. The more specific you are, the better chance you’ll get a response from a guild that fits you. You might get less posts overall, but they’ll be ones that work for you. For instance, if you don’t specify your time zone, desired raiding schedule, etc. you will end up getting a lot of responses from guilds with raid times that don’t work for you. This also includes describing what level of progression you want responding guilds to be at.
Describe what you can give to guilds and what your role/spec in a raid is and provide a parse. If you explain a little bit about your spec and how you typically play in raids, it will show not only that you know what you’re doing but that you pay attention to your spec. Guilds want raiders who are not only interested in raiding but also playing their character as well as they can.
Don’t whine. If your post sounds whiny or complainy, I’m immediately going to click the back button. Don’t gripe about your previous guild or about how your current guild isn’t putting you on the raid roster. If your guild disbanded due to drama or whatever other reason, there’s no need to go into gory details. Simply say that you are looking for a new guild – explain further if asked (you’ll usually see a related question on any guild applications).
Apply alone. While you can’t always do this (if you have friends or a significant other you want to raid with), your chances of getting in to a guild will probably be higher if you’re applying by yourself. The main reason for this is that people who apply together often do other things together, such as leaving for a new guild, taking vacation, and missing raids. While I’m absolutely not saying that people who apply in groups do this more than single applicants, having multiple raiders disappear at the same time is not a good thing for any guild.
Extras that help you:
- Posting on your main
- Linking your armory
- Logging out in proper gear (healing/tank/DPS)
- Showing some personality
- Willingness to transfer servers
P.S. My guild is recruiting, so if you’re looking for a guild check out our recruitment thread here. (Note: it’s a little out of date, we actually have killed Yogg and we’re also looking for a Hunter.)