Key word... Network. If able find an airport job or just hang out at an airport. Quickest option for most is getting the CFI. Some can skip CFIing by networking and sometimes just being lucky. Additionally, once you get the instrument rating, multi rating, ect. use them as much as possible. For example, at 350 hours Im flying Navajos which leads to multi PIC TT as-well as IMC/Xcountry TT, I am not gods gift to aviation by any means, but that time looks a heck of alot better on a resume than 500 hours of circling the local area VFR in whatever -insert generic trainer-... granted insurance usually views quality of time over qauntity of time diffrently.