By Alice Howarth
Harper’s Bazaar, August 12, 2018 —
Research shows you can boost your chances of success if you stick to a certain hour
There’s a lot to think about when applying for a new job. Do you have the correct skill set? Is this the right career move? Should you be aiming for a better salary than is advertised?
But, one thing people don’t often consider is when you should actually send your application in to optimise your chances of scoring that new position.
According to new research, conducted by Job Today, the perfect time to submit your CV is actually 9am on a Wednesday morning.
Why? Well, apparently 17 per cent of employers opt to post new jobs on a Wednesday and a further 47 per cent of job seekers are invited in for an interview within 24 hours of the job ad being posted on this specific day.
The researchers also found that 1pm is the peak time for people to be looking for vacancies (presumably hoping their employer doesn’t clock them surfing job sites during their lunch hour) and millennials are the group of people most active when it comes to job searching.
Furthermore, women are as much as 20% more likely to search for a new job than men are.
Co-founder of Job Today, Polina Montano commented: “I would always recommend being enthusiastic and start early in the day to look for a role.
“Our insight shows that by lunchtime on Wednesday employers will start to receive a flurry of applications so get in there first and get noticed.”
And he’s right, if you spot a job that’s right for you, don’t wait all day to apply. Also remember that using your middle name initials on your CV can actually boost your chances of an interview but using abbreviations of your first name on your application can hinder them. According to the onomastics specialist Dr Frank Nuessel, this is because men use colloquial abbreviations to appear open, friendly and approachable whereas female CEOs rely on their full names to “project a more professional image”.