The Best Day and Time to Apply for a Job Online

By Biron Clark

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Biron Clark

Biron Clark

Writer & Career Coach

So you’re wondering… what is the best day to apply for a job? What about the best time to apply for jobs online during the day?

Good news – we did some research and here’s what you need to know:

The Best Time to Apply for Jobs Online:

(For the best day to apply for a job, check out 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 for jobs online, 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…

The Best Day to Apply for Jobs Online:

Okay, we know what time to apply, but what’s the best day to apply for jobs? 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.

If you can’t apply on Monday, the next best day to apply for jobs is Tuesday. In fact a few websites like Time.com and Business Insider think Tuesday could be better than Monday.

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 pressing 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.

If you want to get more interviews when applying for jobs, this page has 100+ free resources to help you.


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5 thoughts on “The Best Day and Time to Apply for a Job Online”

  1. Thank you Biron, your article was more then just informative, it was inspiring! What a help you have been to me, thank you again

  2. Hey Biron,

    I’ve read online that it’s recommended a job-seeker send in their application as quickly as possible for a job posting, both so they don’t run the risk of the posting being taken down before they get a chance to submit, or so they don’t get screened out by waiting too long.

    So, what do you recommend if a company posts a job on a day other than Monday (like Tues-Thurs for example) should you wait til next Monday rolls around to hit submit on that posting to maximize your odds, or try to send in your application the same day or within 24 hours at the latest from the time the posting goes up, even if it’s on a day past Monday?

    • Hey Biron,

      According to the data in this article, would you recommend people NOT submit applications on any days other than Mon/Tues?

    • No, because waiting multiple days to apply for a job is going to slow everything down and keep your mind occupied, too. I would apply on other days, too. Great question, though.

  3. I agree with the Applying on Monday rule. I also have found out that most new job postings are released on Monday. In my experience, most job boards such as LinkedIn,Indeed,Glassdoor are busy on Monday.
    I also find a lot of new job postings are posted on Fridays too.

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