Which Day of the Week Should I Apply for Jobs?

Everybody hates Mondays. They mark the end of relaxation and the beginning of another week full of work stress. It’s understandable to dread it, but now there is at least one good reason to look forward to Monday: job applications.

That’s right. Job seekers can now look forward to Mondays because 30 percent of people who apply for a job on a Monday make it to the next stage in the hiring process, according to a recent study byBright.com. The survey looked at more than 15 million views of job postings and 500,000 job applications since January 2012, and Mondays had the highest success rate of any day of the week.

Job Application ChartImage Credit: Bright.com

Even though Monday is the most successful day, the day of the week with the most job applications is Tuesday. According to the study, 37 percent of job applications are submitted on Tuesdays and only 20 percent of Tuesday applicants move on to the next round of the hiring process.

If you’ve been applying for jobs on weekends, you might want to reconsider in the future. Only about five percent of applicants apply on Saturdays and Sundays, and Saturday is the worst day of the week to do it. Only 14 percent of applicants advance to the next round when they apply on Saturdays.

While the results of this study are definitely significant, they were not able to determine why Mondays have much better results for job seekers. Bright.com suggests it could be because Mondays give employers more time to view applications during the week, or Monday applicants are simply more hireable.

No matter what causes this trend, you should try to take advantage of it. Use the weekend to perfect your resume and cover letter, but don’t hit send on your application until Monday morning. It could be the difference between landing an interview and getting lost in the shuffle.

When do you normally submit job applications? Will you save your next one for a Monday?

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at Come Recommended.

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