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How To Get A Job Fast

3 Top Recruiter Strategies

Leigh Gillatt  •  Careers Advice

How To Get A Job Fast


Time to hire is at its highest, with the entire hiring process taking anything up to a staggering 52 days.
Source: Open University Business Barometer Report 2018 .

This length of time can leave many job seekers less than optimistic when looking for a new career. Day after day you fill out applications, email CVs, and make phone calls, yet make no progress on the job hunt.

I feel your pain, despite what skills and qualities you may have, it can leave you feeling down, discouraged, and unappreciated.

Having been made redundant several times in my career before becoming self-employed, I can still remember the feeling I used to get in my stomach every morning when I woke up unemployed, knowing that I had to spend another day looking for, and probably not finding, a new job.

However, over the years I have seen first-hand, and as a result of being in the recruitment industry for 10 years, certain strategies that seem to work when you need to find a job quickly.

My top 3 strategies on how to get a job fast are:

  1. Use Temporary Recruitment Agencies
  2. Send out your CV speculatively to employers/companies you’d like to work for
  3. Make use of your Social Media Networks

Read on if you’d like to learn more about each of my 3 top strategies.


It’s no secret that for a substantial number of years the words ‘Recruitment Agency’ have perhaps been a little more than a tarnished phrase amongst companies and candidates.

But the tides have turned and recruitment agencies have listened, ‘upped their game’, and have as a result become increasingly popular again.

More and more companies are relying on the expertise of a recruitment agency for filling vacancies. In fact the REC are predicting that as many as 56% of new jobs created in the UK in 2019 will be filled by recruitment agencies.


Percentage of Jobs predicted to be filled by Recruitment Agencies in the UK for 2019

But more and more candidates are finding their way to temp agencies too!

What I'm trying to say to you is that when it comes to finding a job quickly, temporary recruitment agencies are your job hunting HEROES!

After all, think about it for a minute, who else knows more about who is hiring at any given time in your town or city?

I know from our Scunthorpe branch’s strategy here at Diverse Employment, that we make it our business to know exactly what is available for Jobs in and around Scunthorpe on a daily basis.

Likewise, who else other than recruiters have the same level of daily contact with potential local employers?

Temporary recruitment agencies know who is hiring, what kind of candidates companies are looking to employ, and they can speed up the whole process of getting you hired.

I’ve seen and assisted the process on a number of occasions, where for example, a young man with a family has ended up out of work without much prior warning, they have then called our office, made an appointment to come right in for our registration process, which takes less than an hour, and then they’re out working the very next day!

Often into a job such as in a distribution warehouse for a major retailer, working daily Monday-Friday job, and lasting for several months.

Can you see what I’m saying… in this example the young man who was initially worried about how he was going to support his family having been made unemployed, was out of work for a grand total of one day!

Furthermore, due to the economic climate, there’s a growing trend with companies hiring staff via a temp recruitment agency to take advantage of temp to perm services. Meaning that for a substantial number of temporary jobs, they then, once the employer is happy with the candidate they’ve been working with for the past 3 months, make the role permanent.

So I highly recommend that anyone looking for a job check out temporary recruitment agencies soon after you find yourself unemployed, or if possible, even the very same day.

The bottom line: If you want to know how to get a job fast, then I’d say your first port of call should be a temporary recruitment agency.


When looking for a job most people sit at a screen on the internet reading job ads on the major job boards and filling out applications based on companies that have posted 'now hiring' ads on their company websites.

The biggest problem with this approach is that unfortunately you’re competing for the same jobs as everyone else who is applying. Think about it they’re looking in the same places for work as you are.

If you want to break free from the crowd and get a new job fast, you should attempt to get in contact with potential employers before they place their ‘hiring now’ ads.

I can hear what you’re saying…

“But Leigh this goes against everything I've ever learned about how to perform a successful job search.”

Trust me, this single strategy alone can you help you get hired much quicker than you would by skimming through the pages of a job boards for weeks on end.

In fact in the charity, design, environmental and media sectors applying 'on spec' is common practice.

Speccing your CV out to potential employers provides a direct route into the company and making contact with their hiring managers can lead to:

  • Temporary or permanent work
  • Increased business connections and networking opportunities

Even if it turns out there isn't a job available, your positive approach may impress the employer and they'll bear you in mind for future vacancies.

But how do you know who might be hiring at any given time if they’ve not posed an ad somewhere?

There are two approached I would usually advise with this:

  1. Think about what types of companies may be taking on seasonal staff at that time of year to cope with increased seasonal demand, such as retail & warehousing opportunities around the months leading up to and just after Christmas for example.

    You may also by reading and watching the local and national news of any organisations or particular industry sectors that are showing growth and that may be requiring your skills to cover their current shortages.

  2. An alternative approach you could take is to start by making a list of employers to target by focusing on the sectors and companies that interest you and match your skill-set. Once you've identified where you'd like to work and checked that they aren't already listing current vacancies you could directly apply for, send in your speculative application.

Its amazing how many companies often have openings that they need to fill but either don't advertise them publicly or just haven't gotten around to posting the ads. An experienced worker who can start almost immediately, appearing suddenly, enquiring about work, will seem like a godsend to a hiring manager, particularly if they’re in an industry with skill shortages.

But that’s not all…

There is one more approach I could advise, but its reserved for those with enough courage to see it through… hitting the streets and approaching businesses directly in person.

Instead of sitting at home staring at a computer screen get out and hit the streets. Make a goal to visit 10 (or more) different businesses each and every day.

Ask to speak to a manager or the owner and then let them know what experience you have and what kind of work you are looking for. At the very least if they respond saying there isn’t anything currently available, leave your contact information with them for future reference.

This method isn't easy, and it takes a lot of guts to show up at dozens of businesses and ask for a job. But it does pay off. I have seen family members use this method in the past with great success.


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Rightly or wrongly, social media has become a part of our lives and doesn’t look likely that it’ll disappear anytime soon. Hardly a day goes by without us logging into our profiles to see what's going on with our friends, family, co-workers, and of course competition in some circumstances.

But social media doesn’t just have to be for reading status updates and posting selfie pics. It can be used as an extremely powerful job-hunting tool.

Briefly consider this, every time you connect with someone (friend, follow etc) on social media, you are effectively building up your very own online network. A network of people that, in most cases, will know you and the type of person that you are.

So, when job hunting who better to turn to than your already established network?

As I’ve already mention in method 2 above, many job vacancies are often not listed publicly, and companies sometimes attempt to utilise an employee referral scheme in-house.

So why not try putting out a post letting your whole social media network know that you’re looking for a job, they may be able to point you in the direction of vacancies that you would have never found out about otherwise.

I know it can be kind of embarrassing to tell, what seems like, the whole world that you are currently unemployed. But if being open and honest with your friends and family on social media helps you get a new job, then in the long run you’ll be saying it was worth it.

As with the other methods above, I’ve seen this work on multiple occasions, and like method 2, there’s less competition from other job seekers using this method, especially when a friend ‘has your back’.

So be sure to take advantage of social media when you’re job hunting. You never know who might see your post.

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