On the second installment of Tristan’s Tips, our esteemed guest Tristan Layfield discusses the best day of the week to apply for a job. He also cites an interesting study. Check back next Tuesday for another tip!
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Tristan: What’s going on, y’all? It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. Today I’m gonna let you in on a little secret – shh, don’t tell anybody. We’re gonna talk about the best day of the week to apply to jobs. Do you even think about what day it is when you’re applying to jobs? If your answer was “no,” then I was like you not too long ago. I used to apply for a new job sometimes during the week after I got off work or on the weekends when I had time. I never really thought about there being a quote-unquote “good time” to apply, but apparently research says otherwise. A study conducted by Bright.com, a job search site, looked at more than half a million job submissions and found that applicants are more likely to advance in the hiring process–A.K.A. receive an interview–if they sent their resume in on a Monday as opposed to any other day of the week. According to the study, one out of three people who applied on a Monday moved forward in the process. I’m sure you’re wondering, “Well, why is Monday the best day?” Unfortunately Bright.com’s study didn’t really have an explanation, but one of their senior analysts hypothesized that recruiters received these resumes at the start of their work week, which means they’re more likely to read them while the week is still fresh. As the week continues on, the resumes pile up and get lost in the job searching black hole we know as the recruiter’s desk. Now, keep in mind, there are factors in play other than just the submission date or time. These can include industry differences and the length of time the job has been posted, not to mention a significant variable – your professional documents, like your resume and cover letter. So no matter what day or time you’re applying, be sure to have your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn ready so you don’t have to get ready. This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.