5 Ways to Win at Guild Finder
4.1 is here, and with it has come the brand new “Guild Finder” feature. Guild Finder (or /GF, according to the Blues), works in much the same way as the Looking for Raid and Looking for Dungeon systems. Potential applicants are able to enter some basic information about themselves and then browse through guilds that fit their interests and are currently recruiting.
As a recently promoted officer within my own guild, I feel that it’s only right to share my additional insight into this new tool. Applying to a guild or requesting that an officer contact you by expressing your interest in the new Guild Finder can be a daunting task. Fortunately, I have 5 foolproof ways to get your future officers to stop and take notice of your application:
- Abbreviate. Being a guild leader is hard work. The hours are long and the task is unforgiving. The last thing a guild leader wants to do at the end of the day is sit down and sort through pages upon pages of text for each applicant. You can make your future GL’s job much easier by reducing his reading load. For example, “Hello there! I am a main spec 85 resto druid looking for a 10 man raiding guild that’s working on current raiding content,” sounds long-winded and is unlikely to make you stand out from the crowd. “UR guilds awsum & ill give mad haelz,” is clearly more to the point. If it couldn’t fit in a text message or a Twitter status update, then don’t send it. Better yet, leave the comment section blank. Your level 3 hunter’s gear and spec will speak for itself.
- Show enthusiasm. CAPITAL LETTERS LET YOUR FUTURE GUILD’S LEADERSHIP KNOW THAT YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF JOINING THEM!! MAKE LIBERAL USE OF YOUR CAPS LOCK BUTTON SO THAT YOUR OFFICERS WILL KNOW YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT!! EXCLAMATION MARKS ALSO MAKE YOUR APPLICATION ABOUT 20% COOLER!!
- Don’t be redundant. If you’ve told a guild’s leaders that you want a guild invite, you’ve already held up your part of the bargain. There’s no need to visit the website address they posted in their information, or to read up on their policies and procedures there. It’s also pretty pointless to submit a real application on that website, since answering all those nasty little questions would only waste everyone’s time. If you write your original request correctly, there’s no reason the guild leader would want to look up your armory, know more about your raiding history, or need additional information about your availability.
- Do be brutally honest. Did you leave your last guild in a profanity-laced ragequit? Do you have a reputation on your server for ninja-looting rare drops on PuGed raids? Do you consider your former guild leader the most incompetent meanie to ever walk the earth? Just like in any good interview setting, these are the kind of little details that are going to leave a lasting impression with your future employer (or guild leader!).
- Follow up. Has it been longer than 5 minutes since you submitted your request to the guild of your choice? Then it’s probably time to get in contact again. Guild leaders see a lot of applicants everyday and so they have an (understandably) short memory when it comes to telling them all apart. Keep yourself at the front of their minds by whispering them every hour or so and reminding them of just how much you’d love to be a part of their guild. They’ll appreciate how considerate you are, particularly if you whisper them when you see that they’re currently in a raid instance.