As the pre-expansion malaise thickens, as some guilds fold after killing or failing to kill the Lich King, as summer for the northern hemisphere ruins raiding attendance and as the environment and economy continue to get screwed-over by humans, oh and as volcanic dust continues to interrupt European trade and tourism… people are beginning to look for a new guild.
I am not looking to change guild. In fact, I just told the guys of my commitment to my DK tank in Cataclysm and thereby to the guild.
Changing guilds however is on the mind of many people, even if Eyjafjallajokul is not.
A new forum member just told us his guild imploded, and I replied with some advice on where to search for guilds who are recruiting. Top of the list is still wowraid.com’s database-driven tool, but there are three others I’d not come across who are new entrants to the ‘guild recruitment for WoW’ micro-niche.
But how to write a good application? I referred to another thread where we answered that question. It has some very good answers from guild leaders from top guilds and thoughtful officers.
Lastly, I mentioned that my interviews here with top world guilds are important to read, since he aspired to join one of those lofty and high-ranked guilds, and he should be aware of those qualities they look for. There’s a great quote from Numen which I’ll repeat here.
“I tell them to show that you really want to join Numen. In every single possible way. I want you to show me as much as possible how you want to join. As if it was a job. Do the research needed. Get theory crafting done, read up about all the fights, get all the gear you possibly can. So you can show me you want to join. That’s what I say.”
What top guilds look for
In general, there are a few factors which consistently appear when I talk to top guild leaders or read from those on our forums:
- situational awareness
- user interface setup
- agile and adaptable, to handle plan B situations
- reliable attendance
- effort to be their best and present their best face to the recruiter
- mandatory factors like 100% reliable ISP, fast PC to enable spell effects, no leet speak, optimised spec and gearing (within the limits of gear available to them) and personally I’d add account security as a factor.
Others have written about this recently too:
- Veneretio talked about how a warrior can become their guild’s tank and has good advice on being awesome
- Hots & Dots discussed prestige, and how do you identify yourself as being in top guild, along with some future-looking thoughts on Cataclysm
- Brangwen at NER wrote about recruitment from the leaders’ perspective
- Ironshield from Can tank, will travel, discussed the impact of Cataclysm and Summer on guilds
- Spinks described the complexity of guild ranking systems in the first place.