8 Tips for Being a Successful Recruitment Counselor
If you've volunteered to give up your letters so other girls can find theirs, don't be afraid. You can remain unbiased and help your group through the ups and downs of formal recruitment. It’s thrilling to serve as mentor and counselor to nervous PNMs who really need you during rush week. This is your time to shine as a role model and guide your PNMs towards their new sorority homes.
🎀 Tips for Rho Gammas • Gamma Chis • Pi Chis • Rho Chis 🎀
- Get to know the chapters on your campus. Dive in and learn about the sororities represented at your school. If you know a little more about each of them, you will feel more confident talking with the PNMs. Look for the best attributes in each house and believe in them.
- Keep in mind there's a place for every type of girl. ‘Finding matches’ is where your head should be, not focused on which chapters are the most popular. Forget about top tier and bottom tier immediately.
- Think sorority! Focus your mind on all the reasons to join a sorority in general. This will help when you are encouraging girls to stick with the process in the face of disappointment. Even if a PNM does not get her #1 choice, she can still enjoy all the benefits of sorority life in house #2 or #3. Focus on things like sisterhood, friendships, acceptance, leadership, philanthropy, social fun and academics. These benefits are possible in any chapter.
- Be emotionally in control. PNM emotions will be running high. You need to be the calm spot in the eye of the storm. It doesn't help if you get wrapped up in the recruitment drama, or start feeling super stressed yourself. Be the brave counselor with a box of kleenex, a shoulder to cry on and wise words of encouragement. Be loving, protective and above all CALM.
- Make each day special for your girls. Welcome your group with an inspirational quote each morning. Nickname your group something silly. Have a mini cheer at the beginning and the end of each day. Offer them breath mints and hand sanitizer. Remember PNM names, watch their purses, hold their sweaters ~ do whatever you can to make their day go smoothly.
- Make a mental list of your greek community highlights. You should keep in mind the facts about your all-greek fundraisers, greek week, marathons, panhellenic council, homecoming parade, football games, your greek “stars” on campus, etc. This will help sell the benefits of panhellenic and greek life overall.
- Avoid negativity. Don’t get sucked into bad mouthing, trash talking, or saying anything inappropriate ~ no matter how tempting. It’s easy to slip into “girl talk.” But you must remain above it all and not gossip. Advise and stay neutral. Be professional.
- Relax and have fun! It’s your time to be the ultimate sorority cheerleader! You don’t have to worry about quotas, nervously ask questions, or interview difficult PNMs ~ you can just smile and share your passion for greek life! How wonderful is that!?