This is the Best Time to Submit a Job Application

This is the Best Time to Submit a Job Application
You stayed up writing an epic cover letter, and now it’s midnight. You’re tired and itching to press send. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong.
You naturally want to send your job application email as soon as possible, especially if you’re applying for a competitive position. But earlier isn’t always better. Before you click submit, think strategically. The company’s size, resources, and tools all affect how it reviews applications. Way more complicated than just “done and send,” yes, but there’s an upside: by getting savvy about the process, you’ll make your job application stand out.

IF IT’S A SMALL COMPANY, SUBMIT YOUR JOB APPLICATION ON FRIDAY MORNING

At smaller companies—think 500 employees or less—the hiring manager typically does all of her own recruitment work. Remember she has a day job just like you (full of emails, meetings, and needy colleagues), so she may push sifting through job applications until later in the week.
At smaller companies, the hiring manager typically does all of her own recruitment work. Remember she has a day job just like you, so she may not start sifting through applications until later in the week.
Wednesday and Thursday are typically the most popular days for hiring managers to review resumes, but these are also the days with the highest volume of resume submissions, which means yours might get lost in the shuffle. If it’s a competitive role, you might be better served by waiting until Friday morning to submit your job application. Many hiring managers often wait until Friday to review resumes, so wake up early to hit the send button around 6am. Your name will be waiting at the top of her inbox when she gets to the office.

...BUT IF IT'S A BIG COMPANY, JUST SEND YOUR JOB APPLICATION EMAIL ASAP

Large companies mean professional recruiting processes, which are a different beast. Typically, they’ll either have a few recruiters on staff or partner with a recruitment agency. Recruiters conserve the hiring manager’s time by reviewing resumes and pre-screening candidates. Most likely they are using an ATS (Applicant Tracking System), and they’re scanning it daily. So what does this mean for you? Submitting your application ASAP is key here, but don’t think that just because the job was posted two weeks ago that it’s too late. A recruiter will often submit several batches of resumes to a hiring manager before they decide to move to the interview phase. In layman’s terms: working with recruiters slows things down. A lot. That’s more time to wait for the right candidate. They might be holding out for someone like you!

OH, AND WHEN YOU'RE SUBMITTING JOB APPLICATION EMAILS? ALWAYS CUSTOMIZE THEM

Some hiring managers use an ATS or a job site like Monster.com, which allows them to sort resumes by submission date or filter by keywords. The best thing you can do here is apply early and make sure your resume has searchable words and phrases like “revenue forecasting” or “product marketing.” The best place to find buzzwords for your resume? Check the job description. Hiring managers want to see that you have the skills and experience needed for the job, so use the description to your advantage.

Another way to catch a hiring manager’s attention is to write a catchy email subject line like “10 Reasons You Should Hire Me as Your Next Marketing Manager.” Don’t be afraid to go bold; this is your dream job on the line! Whatever you do, remember that content is king. A good cover letter or introductory email will speak volumes over the day of the week you apply.

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