When to Apply for a Job- Job Search and Interview Tips

When is the best time to apply for a job? Should you apply as soon as the posting goes up on Indeed or LinkedIn? Is there a better day of the week to apply?

Googling these topics will get many different opinions, surveys, stats, and data. Here are some tips from Colorado’s best head hunters for these questions to help you decide when the right time is to apply.

It seems that, by applying right away, there’s a higher chance to get skipped in a huge pile of resumes since everybody applies for new jobs at that time.

When should you apply?

Apply in the second wave of applicants. When you see a new job posting, wait for five days, then send in your resume. If a job posting has been up for six days, there is a much smaller group of resumes coming in. The smaller the resume pile, the better chance for your resume to get picked out.

What’s the best day to apply for a job?

Thursday – Saturday. Fewer applicants come in on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, giving you a better chance of being seen.

Another reason the end of the week is better is that most people are in a good mood. If recruiters are in a better mood, maybe they’re not being as critical with requirements and will let your resume slide through when they wouldn’t earlier in the week. Earlier in the week, recruiters could be more irritable, rushed, or stressed out and could respond differently to resumes than later in the week.

There are many answers to these questions, but it’s best to wait a few days to apply for a new job, and it’s better to apply towards the end of the week.

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