The Do’s & Don’ts of On-Campus Recruiting

As we get back into the swing of college life, things can start get busier busier, but let’s not forget that the beginning of the school year is the perfect time to grow our DECA Family!

Here are a couple do’s and don’ts for this upcoming recruiting time:


Get out there!

How are college students suppose to know that your school has Collegiate DECA chapter if you don’t get your name out there! Most colleges and universities have a club fair every fall, where students can walk around all these booths and what clubs and organizations are available on campus for them to join. This is a perfect place to have a Collegiate DECA booth!

Another great idea is to get out on your college campus and host a cookout, or play a pick up football game – do something to get people involved and having fun! (Trust me college students love free food too!)

Be Unique

Another way to get students interested is to show them everything that Collegiate DECA has to offer. I know when I talk to students about Collegiate DECA, I always talk about how much I get to travel and touch on the experiences I had in New York City and Washington D.C. this past year. Also, this is a perfect time to tell your DECA story, and explain to them all what DECA has done to you.

Lastly, one of my favorite things to tell students is that Collegiate DECA is one of the best clubs out there on campus. It’s basically all of the other business clubs on campus combined into one giant family!


Be Exclusive

At DECA, we pride our self on being one big family. We welcome all sorts of people to this amazing organization, no matter what grade level, major or area of interest. Don’t think that a student studying English or someone already heavily involved in Greek Life wouldn’t make a good Collegiate DECA member. Always welcome everyone with open arms!

Forget the Freshman

They may remind us of our little brother or sister, and they may be really scared at first, but always welcome incoming freshman into your chapter. In some cases, that freshman could be your strongest member in a couple of months, and at the end of the day they can always make you smile!

I wish all members good luck with their recruitment this year!

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