So you’re wondering… Is there a best day to apply for jobs online? What about the best time throughout the day? We did some research and here’s what you need to know:
(for the best days, check the next section. This section covers what time to send in your application if you want to boost your odds of getting interviewed)
For the best time to apply we suggest either the evening (after normal business hours) or the early morning. That way your application will catch the HR person or recruiter in the morning when they have less going on.
Whereas if you send your email at 4PM or 5PM as they’re getting ready to leave, there’s a good chance they’ll put it off and possibly forget about it. Or that they’ll be too busy to look.
So the best time to apply for jobs: Early morning or evening after work. Avoid the afternoon.
The day you apply is far more important though. So let’s take a look at that…
Okay, we know what time to apply, but what’s the best day of the week? Well, a study by the job matching site Bright.com says it’s Monday (they’ve been acquired by LinkedIn now).
The in-depth study found that 30% of candidates who applied on Mondays received an interview. That might not sound like much, but it’s the highest out of any day of the week. So Monday is your best option for applying online.
If you are applying on Monday, your best bet is to send your application in the early morning so it’s the first thing on top of the recruiter’s desk.
If mornings are tough for you, send it late Sunday night. Either way it will be one of the first things they read.
Time.com found that companies post the most jobs on Tuesday and mentioned it as one of their reasons. You can check out the two links above if you want to see what other reasons they gave.
But in my opinion, it takes time to read job postings, tailor your resume, and get the application ready. So even if the most jobs are posted on Tuesday, we still think Monday is best when it comes to actually hitting the “submit” button and sending in your resume. Otherwise you’re looking at Tuesday night or Wednesday (after finding the job postings Tuesday).
In case you’re wondering, the worst day in the Bright.com study was Saturday. Only 14% of candidates who applied on Saturdays ever received an interview.
In the end, stick with Monday or Tuesday and you’ll be fine. Our research, and a lot of other websites all seem to point to these two days as the best when applying online.
Want to know which months are best for job hunting throughout the year? Here are the best and worst times of year to apply for jobs.
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