In the last 30 days, I went from being one of the people in my guild who was responsible for looking for new talent in search of a home to being the new talent in search of a good home.
I left my guild yesterday.
Suffice it to say I will not be disclosing the reasons why publicly or for the sake of page views. However, if you ask the forum trolls they of course seem to know more about it than I do. Funny how that works! What I will say is that I continue to love and be proud of Apotheosis and I will continue to support their progression and their folks in the blogosphere that helped get me where I am today. I really would not be here without them.
Things have changed quite a bit since the last time that I found myself on either side of the recruitment coin and I was pretty surprised at the current state of things. Let’s take a peek at some of the things that stood out to me during my first day of being a priest without a guild.
One of the things that really struck me in my time spent on the Guild Recruitment forums was how much the balance of power has shifted. In the past, a guild would throw up a post and eager, impressionable raiders would throw themselves at the feet of recruitment officers and beg for a chance to be taken on board and given a shot. Now it’s the other way around. Players post what they are looking for in a guild and recruitment officers or assistants fling themselves at prospective applicants, usually in the form of lengthy cut and paste advertisements about what their guilds have to offer.
The whole thing seems to lack any kind of human interaction or personal touch. It’s all numbers, hours and time zones. Tier numbers, years active and bosses downed. Server rankings and World of Logs statistics. Most of the time that a guild responds to someone they don’t even include the applicants name. It’s just copy and paste. It all happens so fast, too. I had at least a half dozen responses within the first half hour of my posting. Either I had really underestimated my value as a player or these people were in desperate need of a healing priest.
By the time I got through the walls of text left on my thread and the humorous attempt by a forum troll to derail my thread my brain hurt and I decided to log on for a bit and make sure my gear was in order, because I knew all eyes were going to be on my Armory profile over the next week or so. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any stray gems or enchants that were standing out or anything like that.
Shortly after logging in, I received five whispers from various people who had seen my thread and were very interested in discussing it with me. Some of them were people who had already left a response on the Guild Recruitment boards and others just cut out the middleman and made low level alts to come talk to me directly. Up until this point, I never had a use for the chat feature where you can create separate windows for your whispers. Some of these people were incredibly friendly and didn’t mind answering my questions. Others seemed pushy and acted as if they had a quota to fill or like they were going to receive some kind of commission by recruiting me and they had to push to make that big sale.
One or two guilds really stuck out it in mind and I submitted applications with them. I tend to app really well and received a half dozen replies by the time I went to sleep. I really like this guild, from what I have seen of them so far. They have a nice website, they seem friendly and still focused on serious progression. Their questions for me were well thought out and very valid inquiries. I decided that I would spend the week apping to various guilds that caught my eye and doing interviews, with the goal of deciding where I will go by Monday. I think not raiding for anything longer than a week would give me withdrawal symptoms and I don’t want that. I truly love what I do and I can’t wait to get back to that routine again.
Even though I never thought I would be back in this position again, I’m determined to make the most of it and to find the right fit for me. I did it once before and I believe I can do it again. I have learned a lot in my travels and I’m still learning. I wholeheartedly believe that a guild can be everything you want it to be and you just have to look around to find that right one. I’m not perfect and I certainly don’t expect my guild to be.
But you can’t blame a girl or a guild for trying.