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The best (and worst) day to apply for jobs according to research

Monday mornings are the best time to complete job applications. Many people dread Mondays, but if you’re a job seeker you should be looking forward to them.  You no longer have to dread Mondays. Job hunting is unpleasant and time-consuming. But there is a way to make it more effective by utilizing Monday’s. Job hunting seemed so daunting when I began after graduating college in 2012.  I completed hundreds of applications to no avail. I spent weeks frustrated that no one even bothered to check my résumé. In order to run things around, I edited my résumé 3 times only to still receive the same results.

Graduation was getting closer so instead of doing more editing and polishing of my résumé and application I decided to check other factors.

I realized I was submitting job applications consistently after 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. So, I decided to shake things up and I woke up bright and early at 7:00 a.m. on a Monday morning and applied to three jobs. By 2:00 p.m. I had two phone interviews lined up.  You don’t have to trust my personal anecdote, research proves the majority of applications are reviewed during Monday mornings.

According to the Bright Study, a study that compared the timing and the success rates of job applications they found that applications submitted on Monday’s yield more positive results. The results were:

 “Monday’s have a 30 percent chance of advancing to the next round, compared with 14 percent of people who apply on Saturdays (the worst day to apply for a job).”

Here are three reasons why applicants have more success on Monday’s:

#1 Shows initiative.

If you’re up early on a Monday morning completing job applications that tell the recruiter that you are serious about obtaining a position with that company. Additionally, it proves that you are not a procrastinator. Avoid applying for jobs late in the evening. It can come across as an afterthought and recruiters are less likely to check applications. Put yourself in their shoes. We all love to get things done first thing and as soon as possible. It’s no different with recruiters. No job post was created equal and as the saying goes, “the early bird always gets the worm.”

#2 Recruiters availability fluctuates.

Most recruiters do not work on the weekends. On Mondays when they return they will have the applications submitted last to look at first.

#3 New job postings are published on Monday’s.

Job boards boast hundreds of new jobs at the beginning of the week. Take advantage by choosing at least 3 to apply to. My top recommended is indeed.com. Their job postings are in real-time and correct.


Thrive Rule: Submit your applications on Monday mornings between 8 a.m. until 11a.m.

Don’t waste your time ineffectively applying for jobs. The worst thing you can do for yourself is to approach your job hunt without a strategy.

 

 

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