What’s the best time of the day to submit a job application? Experts reveal all
One of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting is how little you know about the recruiting process, and how everything appears to be out of your hands.
(Photo courtesy of Rolf Bax)Thalia Toha, a professional development strategist and CEO of, believes that it’s in the 9am to 11am bracket when many employers are involved in meetings.Thalia Toha, professional development strategist and CEO of Good Grow Great.
(Photo courtesy of Thalia Toha)“This is when busy hiring managers are booked in meetings and going about their day. If you do manage to get noticed in their Inbox, it’s not uncommon for them to open it and then forget about it because they have to run to a meeting or go about their day,” Toha said.
On the other hand, Joe Flanagan, the Senior Employment Advisor at, suggests “that timing is everything,” and midday is not the best time to send over an application.Joe Flanagan, the Senior Employment Advisor at VelvetJobs.(Photo courtesy of Joe Flanagan) headtopics.com
“When sending a job application, timings matter. Sending an email when it will likely disappear amidst others is not advisable. These times are between 10 am - 2 pm, and therefore the worst times to send a job application,” he said.The TalentWorks study also suggested that 7.30pm, when most workdays days are over, candidates had less than a 3 per cent chance of receiving a call back from a potential employer.
Now that you have the best and worst times of day to submit a resume, how can you ensure that your resume stands out?Jamie Hickey, the Human Resources specialist atbelieves it’s great to have a story to “illustrate what you’re passionate about.”Jamie Hickey, Human Resources Specialist at Coffee Semantics.
(Photo courtesy of Jamie Hickey)“It would be helpful to have a story you can illustrate what you’re passionate about and then link that story into your answer. Be succinct with how you frame a response to a question without being too wordy or going off on tangents. A strong opening makes an impression, so try not to waste it on unnecessary information describing what LinkedIn is,” he said.
He also noted that you should not only list skills but explain how they would be helpful to the “company’s needs” as well as “one personal anecdote demonstrating expertise outside of the office.”The quicker you apply for the job, the better your chances will be. If the job advertisement has been on the website for more than a month, the manager is bound to have a pool of qualified candidates vying for the position. headtopics.com
Although the hiring process is never easy, one benefit that the internet has provided us with is the simplicity with which we can access job ads. And, while it may appear like job competition is intense right now, you can try to stand out in any manner you can.Read more: The Independent »
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