A successful job search today takes a bit of hustle and a strategic approach. There are approximately 250 resumes sent for a single opening so you want to ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
With your resume facing tons of competition for each position, even a slight edge could help you land that interview. It’s a question we hear very often: what is the best day and time to send in your resume and cover letter?
Surprisingly, submitting your job application at a certain day and time could help your chances of landing the interview. You don’t want to catch the hiring manager or recruiter when they’re swamped with emails or after they’ve reviewed many other candidates.
We’ve got you covered. We’ll show you the best possible time to submit your resume to get a response as well as some other tips to stand out from the crowd.
The best days of the week to submit your resume is Tuesday to Thursday.
You skip the pile of emails that have amassed over the weekend and ensure you don’t send it when they’re wrapping up last minute tasks before the weekend. Even though most companies are using an ATS system to organize resume submissions, the person in charge of hiring will probably be notified via email when a new resume is submitted.
No–but let’s walk through the work week of your average hiring manager so you can better understand why the Tuesday to Thursday range is optimal.
Hiring managers and recruiters are usually swamped with emails on a Monday. As they catch up on all the weekend emails and try to clear out their inbox, you would have a hard time catching their attention. You also should consider the “Monday blues”–yes it’s true, most people aren’t the happiest or most productive at the start of the work week.
Remember that the average job post has hundreds of applicants. Some have many more. Factor that into all the other emails professionals receive and you’re looking at a packed email inbox.
Friday & Weekends:
You also don’t want to send your email on Friday as hiring managers finish last minute tasks and prepare for the weekend. You don’t want your resume to end up in that dreaded pile of weekend emails. Weekends are a no-go due to all the reasons above laid out. Either you get lost in the shuffle, or you risk your name popping up on their phone on their day off–that might get annoying!
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
During the middle of the week, hiring managers are more likely to have time to read incoming emails (and resume submissions). Sending your resume from Tuesday to Thursday has been found to have the highest open rates. There has also been a ton of research done to back this up.
Hubspot analyzed over 20 million emails for 10 months and here is what it found:
So as you see, Tuesday to Thursday is the optimal time to send your email. This gets your email past the Monday pile and gives the recruiter or hiring manager time to analyze your resume and handle your application.
The best time to send send your resume is after 9 p.m. or in the early morning.
This ensures that the resume is seen by employers when they first check their emails. Sending it really early in the morning (before 9 a.m.) could be effective as it portrays determination. The hiring manager may take notice that you’re up early in the morning working on your job search.
Some have said that sending in your resume around noon is effective but here is why you’d want to avoid that. The bulk of emails are usually checked before lunch and the last thing you want to do is to submit your resume after other qualified candidates. Hiring managers may have already reviewed possible candidates and invited them for an interview.
When you should hold off on sending your resume
You want to come off as considerate and respectful, so we have to mention that sending in your resume during holidays or long weekends is not the best idea. Many have this downtime from work and use it for job search. Avoid this, as it may annoy the hiring manager and that’s the last thing you want to do! Here are some more things that really annoy hiring managers.
When it doesn’t matter
This advice in this article is really useful for when you email the hiring manager or recruiter directly. When you apply for a job online it usually goes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). These automated resume scanners are used by most companies to filter out candidates that don’t match well with the job duties or requirements. They may send automated messages to inform hiring managers of your application.
(By the way, you can see how your resume performs in an ATS with a free resume review.)
This advice is also useful if you’re sending a direct email after applying for a job. If this is your strategy, check out our tips on how to follow up on a resume.
Tip – Applying to jobs online is not as effective as reaching out the company or hiring manager directly. This is a lot more effective than just sending in your resume along with potentially hundreds of other candidates. Sending your resume and cover letter at the optimal time is useful, but you shouldn’t ignore other factors which are more important. Once that resume is in the hands of a recruiter, you want them to be impressed and invite you to an interview!
Submitting your resume at the correct time and day is an important part of your job search but don’t forget the other (more important) factors. Keep track of the jobs you’ve applied for and follow up on time. Remember that a job search today requires a smart and strategic approach.
As always, good luck with your job search! We offer resume writing services which are guaranteed to land you more interviews. You can check our services page here.