Is there an ideal time to send in your job application? Here are a few things to consider…
Applying for a job has become a serious science in these technological days. Every aspect of your application needs to be carefully planned and tailored for the job you are hoping to win. You won’t be surprised to know, then, that people have even done research on the best time to send in your CV.
Some subscribe to the same behaviour used for the best time to arrange your interview. This means avoiding Mondays as people are gearing up for the week ahead. The argument goes that in the pile of accrued emails over the weekend your email could get lost or given short shrift.
You should also avoid Fridays as people tend to be winding down for the weekend.
The ideal time, therefore, is to get your application through before 9am on Tuesday to Thursday. People are at their most productive on Tuesday and, by getting your mail in before the working day begins, your email should be first in the pile. Also, people tend to be more productive in the mornings, so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.
The same argument says you should avoid sending your email at weekends or Bank Holidays as this could be construed as rude or annoying for the recipient.
This advice is fine if you’re applying for a job directly to the hiring company. If this is the case, then you should also make sure you have the name of the hiring manager. This means that your covering letter can be aimed directly at the relevant person.
If you don’t know the name, you should write to the company and ask who you should contact. It won’t take a moment and might even make your name stand out as someone who is conscientious.
Another area of research has shown that some 30 per cent of job applications sent in on a Monday receive interviews. This is a far higher figure than applications sent on any other day.
The Monday theory adherents also go along with the idea that it’s best to get your application in before 9am, making sure your email is as close to the top of the pile as possible.
This method suffers a little from the fact that most companies post new job vacancies on Tuesdays. Hanging on until the following week might not be the best thing to do.
The worst day, apparently, to submit a CV is Saturday.
However, in this era of instant, electronic communication, the argument that you should get your application in as soon as possible takes some beating.
As we know, most online job applications are today put through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). This means it’s of no consequence what time or day your application arrives. The algorithm will not be affronted by your timing, nor distracted by the events of the week.
The hiring manager will receive a list of the applications that have made it through the ATS in one lump so the sooner you get in, the sooner you’ll be noticed.
It is also worth noting that while online vacancy ads will usually have a deadline for applications, it is more than possible that interviews will begin long before the deadline.
Waiting until the deadline approaches in the hope that your CV will be nearer the top of the pile could well mean you miss the opportunity. Have you ever had the experience of applying for a job within the application deadline, only to be told that the vacancy has already been filled? Thought so.
Get your application in as soon as possible – although make sure you’ve got everything right first.
The truth is, unless you are applying directly to the hiring company, the important factors are not necessarily timing but the content of your CV and covering letter.
You need to make sure your CV matches the job description closely, using the keywords to get you past the ATS… And that’s where JobRocket comes in. The JobRocket algorithm will scan your CV, produce a job match score and suggest ways to improve it. Then, regardless of when you send in your CV, you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of securing an interview.
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