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Cast your net as wide as possible

You know the vacancy you need to fill and you have a sense of the ideal candidate you want to hire. There are so many places to start spreading the word to lure in the best person for the job.

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Advertise your jobs free to millions of jobseekers who search Universal Jobmatch every week. When you register on, you'll be able to post and manage jobs online 24/7, 365 days a year. You'll also be able to test the market before you advertise your jobs and get a list of suitable jobseekers, automatically matched by CV and skills. The service also shares your vacancies on My World of Work.

Find out other ways Jobcentre Plus can help with your recruitment needs.

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Nine other ways to find recruits

Recruitment websites

You'll find a huge choice online. If you haven't used one before it might be helpful to find out which ones employer forums or peers recommend. You'll also find websites that only deal with your sector. Here is just a small selection of the more general ones on offer: s1jobsScotCareers; ScotRecruit; and Job in Scotland.

Recruitment agencies

Some of these companies deal with specific sectors or specialise in executive level searches and they may already have a database of potential candidates. Remember they will charge a fee.

Social media and other online platforms

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and your own website are all excellent resources to make contact with your potential new employee. Increasingly we source much of our information online and if you want to attract a young person, then a website like My World of Work is a great place to start your search.

Community networks

Promote vacancies through community organisations to ensure your advert reaches a wide range of potential applicants, for example via organisations that support disabled people or ethnic minority groups.

See Guides to inclusive recruitment: attracting talent

The press

Advertising through national, regional and local newspapers and trade journals is the traditional route to spreading the word and remains an effective way to let people know you are hiring. However, if you want the widest range of candidates, it's best to advertise your vacancy online too.


Your local schools, colleges, universites and the Careers Service are places where you can make direct connections with potential recruits. Is work experience a viable alternative to recruiting a new employee? Have you considered qualifications such as the Certificate or Work Readiness or Foundation Apprenticeships to fill gaps?

Headhunting or scouting

Headhunting means actively seeking out people who would be well suited to your vacancy, rather than just waiting for them to apply. You can use your business contacts as well as recruitment agencies and links to education bodies to find people who may be interested in the job.


Have you considered getting in touch with an organisation such as PACE to find out if any employees in your sector have been made redundant? It’s a win-win for both you and that person. You get their experience and skills, and they get hired.

Direct approaches or recommendations

Sometimes it really is about who you know. Help spread the word through your current employees that the role will be available and they may be able to recommend someone for it.