Did you know that the day of the week you choose to submit an application impacts your odds of being selected for an interview? It’s true.
If you are applying to a highly coveted role, opting to send your resume along at the right time can make a substantial amount of difference. Here are the days you need to apply if you want to better your odds of getting the job.
Days of the Week
Usually, the best time to send your resume is between Tuesday morning and Thursday morning. Additionally, you should try to submit your application before 10:00 am if you want the biggest increase to your chance of success. However, Monday mornings can also work in your favor, but not to the same degree.
Whenever possible, avoid submitting your resume over the weekend. Since more professionals have Saturday and Sunday off, you are likely tossing your application into the biggest pool at that time, making it harder to stand out.
Similarly, hiring managers might not be as available on Fridays, so your resume could be lumped in with weekend applicants if you choose the last weekday to send in your information.
Timing to the Announcement
Another way in which timing matters is the age of the vacancy announcement. Applicants who submit their resumes within the first four days of the ad being posted tend to have better success rates than those who wait.
But, if you can’t get it in then, if the posting is less than a week old, you’re timing is still pretty good. After a week, your odds of landing an interview decline substantially, even if you choose a better day of the week.
If you send your resume in and, after a reasonable wait, decide you want to follow up on your application, when you choose to do so also matters. Again, Tuesday through Thursday morning are often best, as busy hiring managers likely won’t have time to speak with you or respond to an email on Mondays or Fridays.
Similarly, reaching out too late in the day may negatively impact your chances of getting a response, as many hiring managers are focused on wrapping things up and not on engaging with candidates.
Being an Ideal Candidate
It’s important to note that, while timing can matter, it certainly isn’t everything. You still need to showcase that you are a great fit for the role, so make sure your resume highlights your relevant skills, experiences, and accomplishments in a manner that captures the hiring manager’s attention.
If you would like more tips to help enhance your job search or are seeking out new opportunities, the professionals at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to learn more about our current vacancies today and see how our hiring services can benefit you.