Research claims to have found the best time to apply for your next job role. So when is this, and how does it fit with our own findings?
Job Today conducted the research in question. It has already received plenty of media attention and first drew our eye in Stylist Magazine.
- 17% of companies list new vacancies on Wednesdays.
- 47% of candidates receive an interview invite within 24-hours of a Wednesday-listed vacancy.
- …SO, 9-am on Wednesday is said to be the ‘luckiest’ time in the week in which to submit a job application.
And as for the best time to apply for a job according to Appoint?
Well, let’s start by looking at when most openings are posted on our jobs page (and we were fascinated to see this ourselves!). Taking the last 60 job posts as our review sample we found:
- Mondays: account for 12% of new vacancy listings.
- Tuesdays: 30% of the total (our busiest time of the week for the sample period).
- Wednesdays: another 12% day.
- Thursdays: 28%: falling into close second place.
- Fridays: account for 18% of the listings.
So, what does this tell us? Firstly, stats will vary! If we looked at the last 20 postings alone, you would think our clients never called or emailed in a new vacancy on a Friday. However, review the full sample of 60 and Fridays become our 3rd busiest day! Who knows how much the stats would change if we reviewed another 60 postings or more?
When it comes to such averages, these will likely also vary substantially by jobs board or recruitment agency website, season, industry, and a whole host of other factors.
We have yet to statistically explore whether the day a CV lands in our inbox influences the turnaround time for a client interview. However, years of experience would imply that this will also vary greatly.
Is there a best time to apply for a job or not?!
It’s time to talk skill over luck. As much as we would love to tell you a magic moment to hit ‘send,’ the best time to apply can surely only be the very moment your CV is at the ready for submission!
This can either be for consideration as a ‘general applicant’. In which case your CV should be drafted with the types of vacancies you’re looking for in mind (and it’s worth giving an overview of what these might be in your cover email). Or, this will be when your CV has been updated specifically for a particular vacancy/number of vacancies.
Either way, you’ll find some key advice under Day 6 of these job hunting tips. Let’s face it, the sooner your CV lands in our inbox the sooner you can be considered for our client vacancies!