Once you notice an appealing job that you like, you submit your résumé for it. Pretty easy, right? There is not a lot of thought placed on if it's actually the best day to share your résumé or whether or not you should wait for one more day. In my opinion, there's a significant difference in the times that may either lead to your résumé getting lost in the audience or being seen and carefully reviewed.
Every day is not equal, as it pertains to filing your résumé and getting the eye of a recruiter or hiring manager. I've found a certain noticeable patterns of that days the majority of individuals send résumés and the times that the résumé stands the best chance of beating out the crowd.
It is typical for individuals to experience the Sunday-night fear of going back to work. Occasionally, that anxiety and fear becomes so bad that the possibility of going back into a job that you hate becomes excruciating. To dampen the pain, the person will look to find and apply for jobs. This gives them some power and control over their circumstances. They may despise their work, but the possibility of locating a new and better opportunity gives them confidence. Unfortunately, you'll find a great number of folks who feel this way and Sunday evening becomes the prime moment for sending out résumés.
For most people, even if you enjoy your work, Monday mornings are not usually pleasant. The weekend is finished and coming to the daily grind is not especially enjoyable. It's exacerbated when the weather is cold, rainy, snowy or just plain gloomy outside. Also, starting the week, you see all of the bad parts of your job. Your boss--who's always annoying--is especially cranky because it is Monday morning and his favorite football team, the New York Giants lost back on Sunday. He sadistically takes his frustrations out on you. Your co-workers, dealing with their own personal dramas, offer you a difficult time to make themselves feel better. You are still drying off in your dirty-puddle water which was splashed on you by a speeding Uber car, while you're walking down the street. It did not help matters your umbrella blew out from a strong gust of wind which soaked you more. You start thinking and trusting that there must be a better way. After again very similar to Sunday, such variables and emotions propel individuals to start sending out résumés on Monday.
By Tuesday and Wednesday, we dive into the routine. We enjoy our tasks or resign ourselves to our fate. People that are unhappy or just seek a better opportunity to publish their résumés, but the flow ebbs a bit. On Tuesday, we are inclined to see incrementally more résumés than on Wednesday.
From Thursday to Saturday, the flow of résumés subsides. I attribute that, in part, to the tacit acceptance of people that they are where they can be, so be it. Also, by the end of the week, procrastination shouts in. The thought process is "I will ride out the week and wait till the weekend to start searching for jobs"
Here is how you can take advantage of the trend. To greatly increase the probability of your résumé getting noticed, prevent the busy times of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. You do not need your résumé becoming lost among all the others. Should you send a résumé on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, there is a greater likelihood that a recruiter will notice it and have the time to really carefully examine the record. I should make it crystal clear that any great, professional aide carefully monitors their emails over the weekend, attempting to catch a leading candidate before their opponents locate her or him.
Dare to be different and stand out aside from the audience and also submit your résumé over the outside days!