What’s the Best Time of Day to Apply for a New Job?

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You may have thought a lot about the format for your resume, how to word your cover letters and the best way to network, but have you given much thought to when you should send in a job application?

According to newly released data from the employment platform TalentWorks, the best time to apply for a job is in the morning – specifically between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Why are Mornings Better?

The finding is based on more than 1,600 applications sent by TalentWorks to employers on behalf of job seekers over the course of several months in 2017. The employment company said 13 percent of all applications submitted in the morning resulted in the applicant getting an interview, higher than any other timeframe the company considered.

After 10 a.m., the odds of getting an interview dropped off steadily, decreasing by 10 percent every 30 minutes, TalentWorks data showed. Odds ticked back up a little before noon, reaching 11 percent at around 12:30 p.m. After that reprieve, odds once again dropped off precipitously.

The absolute worst time to apply for a job, according to the data, is in the evening, with the worst odds of less than 3 percent at around 7:30 p.m.

TalentWorks noted the time used in the data was the employer’s time. So, if you’re considering sending in that application at 8 a.m. – make sure it’s 8 a.m. in the employer’s time zone.

It’s difficult to tell the key reason why the odds are against evening applications. Hiring supervisors might think job seekers who apply in the morning are more motivated than those who wait until night. It could also be the average time to check applications is around 10 a.m. and the freshest applications tend to stick in the brain.

Also, apply on Mondays

When applying for jobs, you might steer clear of applying when a hiring manager has “a case of the Mondays.”

However, data also shows Monday is the best day to send in your application materials. Data on more than 500,000 job applications released by the job search site Bright revealed nearly 1 in 3 people advanced in a hiring process if they submitted on a Monday. Saturday was found to be the worst day to send in an application; just 14 percent of applicants advance when submitting on that day.

As with the TalentWorks data, the Bright data seems to indicate that hiring managers feeling refreshed tend to be more approving than hiring managers in need of a break.

At NSC Technologies, we use data and experience to give job seekers we work with every advantage. If you are currently looking to take the next step on your career path, take a look at our job board today.


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