What is the best day of the week to submit a resume and job application? The answer to this question could impact your job search.
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question; every hiring manager and recruiter structures their work week differently, and you don’t know when they’ll be distraction-free and more receptive to reviewing new applications. However, there are a few basic tips that can potentially tip the scales a bit in your favor.
never a friday
You know how it goes: by the time Friday rolls around, all you want to do is shut down your work computer, unplug it for the weekend, and forget about work until Sunday night. If you’re feeling incredibly productive, you can use Friday afternoon to jump into the following Monday, adjusting your schedule and sending emails, but chances are you don’t want to kick off a major new project.
Recruiters and hiring managers are no different; they’re probably not the most energetic on Fridays. In light of this, avoid sending out your resume and job application on any weekend.
Monday is often good
A few years ago, an analysis of over 4,000 job applications by TalentWorks revealed that submitting a resume and application on a Monday (or very late on a Sunday evening, so that it ends up at the top of the reception of recruiters on Monday morning) boosted your chances of being hired by 46 percent. Other more recent studies have come to a similar conclusion.
The reasoning behind this is simple: recruiters and hiring managers walk into their offices on Mondays (hopefully) well rested and generally in a good mood. The workweek hasn’t kicked into full gear yet, so they’re less distracted and more likely to tackle their inbox and to-do list. If they see your application at that time, they are more likely to consider it carefully.
However, many applicants realize that Monday is probably the ideal day to apply. A recruiter or hiring manager can therefore open their inbox to find a flood of resumes and applications. In light of this…
Tuesday is another great choice
According to FlexJobs, someone applying for a job on a Tuesday is 20% more likely to land a job interview. It’s still early in the week, which means recruiters and hiring managers still have plenty of energy; furthermore, those overwhelmed on Monday have (hopefully) managed to clear their backlog so they can focus on incoming applications.
Keep the Holidays in Mind
It’s easy to lose track of the holidays. Be sure not to submit your resume and job application on a holiday Monday (like Presidents Day). Also, hit that “Send” button as far in advance of major multi-day holidays (like Thanksgiving) as possible – otherwise, your app might sit there for a long time.
Adjust your resume
If you’ve spent any time in the job market, you know that many companies use automated systems to scan your resume and application before it lands in front of a human. Resume software is designed to search for certain keywords and phrases, allowing the company to reject applications that do not meet a particular threshold in terms of skills, experience, etc.
No matter what day you choose to submit your application, make sure you’ve tailored your resume and other documents to the specific job. This means analyzing the original job posting, noting down any keywords (such as technical skills) and inserting as many as possible into your CV. Remember to only use keywords for skills you master; if you make it to the interview stage, you will likely be tested on your skills with various tools and platforms.
But don’t over-optimize your resume; automated scanning software is designed to detect “keyword stuffing”. Just focus on writing a document that puts your skills in the best possible light while still being concise. And never submit it to a recruiter or hiring manager on a Friday night.