Think the Time You Send That Job Application Doesn’t Matter? Think Again

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Applying for jobs is fun — said no one ever.

Those who have applied to dozens of positions without any luck can attest to the fact that job searching can be downright miserable.

You spend hours scouring the internet for a position that matches up with your skill set and desires. You craft the perfect resume and cover letter tailored to the specific company. You fill out the online application, which asks you the same exact information you’ve already included in your resume.

And then you send it out and wait.

And wait.

Aaaaaaand wait.

You start to wonder if your application got lost in the sea of others. Honestly, it just may have.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

TalentWorks recently analyzed over 1,600 job applications that were sent online at random times and found that applying between the hours of 6 a.m and 10 a.m. correlated with the highest chances of getting an interview.

Only a 13% chance… but still the best outlook of the day. Those who applied for jobs before 10 a.m. were nearly five times more likely to score an interview than those who applied in the evening.

Job seekers filling out applications on their lunch breaks may also have a better advantage over nighttime applicants. The data showed the odds of scoring an interview increased slightly around lunchtime — peaking to about 11% around 12:30 p.m. before dropping again.

The worst time to apply for a job was found to be around 7:30 p.m. when the chance for an interview drops under 3%. So much for applying for a new job after getting off from your current 9 to 5.

What to Consider When Up Against the Clock

It’s important to note that the data was based on the employer’s time zone, not the applicant’s. So if you’re on the East Coast applying for gigs on the West Coast, you could apply by 1 p.m. EST and still be in that sweet spot when applications have a better chance of leading to interviews.

The day you apply (relative to when the position was posted) also matters: TalentWorks found applying to jobs two to four days after the opening was posted made applicants up to eight times more likely to land an interview.

Keep those considerations in mind to give your applications an added advantage, ideally ending that soul-crushing job search sooner rather than later.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.