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RECRUITMENT FINDING THE RIGHT VISTA
IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A GOOD MATCH • VISTA’s have one year to accomplish much • Each position requires specific skills • Finding the right person will make a difference in your organization and in the community • Member management can be very time consuming if you do not have the right match • As with any employee, volunteer or client, personal problems can detract from completing their assignments and ultimately can effect the success of the project. • The value of your time
KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR • Clarity about the vision, mission and strategy of the assignment is first most important • What type of person would most likely succeed in this position • What skill set is required • What additional skills would be helpful
KNOW WHAT YOU CAN OFFER • Know the benefits of VISTA • What are you as an organization able to offer in addition to VISTA benefits • • Travel expenses Rent cost Training Experience in a specific field • Why would someone want to serve a term with you?
UNDERSTAND WHAT VISTAS WILL NEED • Limited time to achieve much • Challenges and Changes • Many are relocating to serve • Living at poverty level • New job, new people, new environment, new culture • “I just graduated from college……” or “In the Corporate world we did it this way……” • Employee vs. Volunteer – where do I fit? Ultimately VISTA’s come with enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and a commitment to getting things done.
THE APPLICATION AND HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU • Basic Information • Education • Experience and Skills • Employment History • Community Service • Motivational Statement • Background Questions/Criminal Background • References • RED FLAGS
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS • 18 years of age or older • Citizenship requirements (US citizen or permanent resident) • Ability to commit to 1 year of service 365/24 • Skills necessary to perform their duties • NSOPR (National Sex Offender Registry) • Background Check
RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS • College degree or equivalent experience • Experience or interest in your field • Consistency in Employment • Evidence that they are motivated to “Get Things Done” • Experience working with diversity, poverty issues and low-income community
BASIC INFORMATION & EDUCATION • Basic Information is complete. • Respect and Protect Personal Information • Education: • College degree or equivalent experience • local recruit vs. national recruit
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS EMPLOYMENT Experience & Skills Employment • This sections speaks for itself. It reflects the interests and experiences of what candidates have done in their personal, academic and professional lives. • Consistent without gaps or with a reasonable explanation of gaps • Experience in your field • Leadership role • Length of time holding a job • Being fired.
COMMUNITY SERVICE • Community service – • Evidence of: • • leadership Initiative Teambuilding Other characteristics that you determine • Reflect interest and past experience in fields that are relevant to your agency and assignment?
MOTIVATIONAL STATEMENT • Carries significant weight in the review process • “Giving Back” and “Making a change” reflects a motivation that aligns with CNCS and VISTA’s mission. • Understanding of the effects of Poverty and a mission of working towards alleviating it are true indicators of an applicants motives. • Personal stories of personal experiences with any of the above give validity to motives
BACKGROUND QUESTIONNAIRE (CRIMINAL HISTORY) • They must self-disclose if they have any convictions or juvenile adjudication which may disqualify them from consideration. • If they do not self disclose and you find any evidence that they have had a conviction or juvenile adjudication it is an immediate disqualification • A criminal background check will be done on all candidates at PSO and again, if any convictions or juvenile adjudication records are found that were not disclosed, they will be terminated from the VISTA program
REFERENCES • A minimum of two References are required. • They should be done on-line but can be done over the phone, in person or with written letters of recommendations. In the latter scenarios an override will have to be done by you in the system. • References should come from people who have worked with or volunteered with the candidate who were also in a supervisory capacity. • Although we love Mom’s – they don’t usually present an unbiased reference.
SPONSOR RECOMMENDATION & REJECTION • This is where you need to tell us why this candidate is right for the job. • What relevant skills or strengths they have that are pertinent to your program needs • Weaknesses – no one is without a weakness. • Make sure you are able to answer this by incorporating a criteria into your interview. • What type of supervision would the applicant need to function effectively. • Again, this should be something that is determined by you in the interview/application process • Overall recommendations: select from the list provided.
RED FLAGS • • Unexplained gaps in employment Moves around a lot Frequent changes in majors/schools References: Moms vs. College Profs Nepotism No college degree Motivations statement implies “a job” vs. an opportunity to give back • No references to poverty, giving back, making changes, helping others (the ME syndrome) • Criminal background
ATTRIBUTES OF A SUCCESSFUL VISTA • • • Flexible Takes initiative – “self starters” Personal goals match the project plan (VAD) Enthusiastic Motivated Strong networkers within organization and the community Self-confident Good communicators Works will with people from a variety of backgrounds Effective advocate for themselves and the community Understands vision of the project plan, the important of incremental steps to getting there and the elimination of poverty.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES • • http: //vistacampus. org/ http: //www. nationalserviceresources. org/ http: //encorps. nationalserviceresources. org/ Coming soon: NYS page on the VISTA Campus
IN CLOSING. • Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right – it probably isn’t • It is better to not fill the position than to fill it with a warm body • The Corporation State Office has final approval of applications. • All applications must be accepted, approved by all parties in e. Grants for CSO review by the designated due date. • Due Dates are very important • We suggest making a timeline for this whole process as things tend to happen quickly and time flies by…….