Companies can be big, unwieldy and slow to act. You might like to try out some Cloud Recruiting ideas but are being stopped by Marketing or Human Resources or your boss who doesn’t get it.
How about trying some of these techniques with a voluntary group you are involved with?
The voluntary sector is largely about engagement of a community. The cloud recruiting tools, apart from being free are perfect for growing and developing networks. The voluntary sector has quickly grasped the potential of this technology and have not been slow to act.
Before you think, but these American/British voluntary groups are big, well funded etc etc, let’s have a look at some New Zealand initiatives I have found.
Engage your Community conferences are popping up around New Zealand. The next one is in Rotorua on 28th November. Nobody is paying more than $200 to attend. The speakers are very high calibre and really understand the technologies in this space.
MIraz Jordan who is one of the speakers on Engage your Community circuit has started “Groupings – inspiration and a toolkit for voluntary groups.” There are some great links on this site – Beth’s blog will give you a sense of how deliberately and cleverly voluntary groups are already using this technology. Stephen Blyth is a New Zealander who blogs in the same area, Not quite so intimidating if you are just getting started. Here is Stephen’s presentation on Spreading the word using Video, podcasts, blogs and more. Stephen has the presentation stored in SlideShare which is a great way to share your presentation.
Intersect is a group for “green” Wellington young professionals. They have formed a social network on Ning. This group already has 441 members. It looks active and good fun. Intersect have now attracted enouth attention to have a story in this month’s Good magazine. I only wish I was a bit younger!
Hopefully, you are involved with a voluntary group and no doubt they need to recruit and engage more people and raise money. In my experience with voluntary groups, you put your hand up, the job is yours. So become a “Web Community Manager” for your group, learn as you go. Try it out and gain some experience and then bring these skills back into your work and do some good at the same time.
By the way,my kid’s school had a Little Day Out fundraiser this year. We had a blog and did email marketing to our parents. I tried to get a Facebook going for the committe but this didn’t work. We went from raising $25,000 to raising $75,000. We barely touched the surface of what is possible with using these tools, we had more parents engaged than ever before, the school really lifted its sense of commuity and we made more money.