When Is the Best Time to Apply For Jobs and Why

Posted by: Xavier Brooke
on March 16th, 2015 No Comments

 Searching for a new job can be brutal. Relentlessly applying for jobs and waiting to hear back from employers is painstaking. Ever wonder if you’re applying at the right times? As odd as it may seem, there is a science to applying for jobs. Here are three things you need to know about when to apply for jobs:

1. Apply for Jobs While You’re Still Employed

If you’re already employed but looking for a different job, now is the time to start applying. When you apply for a job while still employed, it shows a few things: that you’re forward-thinking, employable, organized, and motivated.

2. Look for Jobs in the First Quarter

January and February are the best time to apply for jobs because hiring managers have made it back from vacation and companies have received renewed budgets for the new year. With this said, it’s not advised to apply in the holiday season (November and December) or in the summer months because hiring managers and other team members are often juggling vacations during this time of the year.

3. Apply on a Monday

Narrowing it down to the perfect day of the week, Monday is the statistical favorite when it comes to applying for a new job. In fact, according to Workopolis.com, 30% of Monday appliers made it to the next round of the hiring process. Consequently, Saturday ranks as the worst day to apply for a job.


Now that we’ve narrowed down the perfect time to apply for a job, you might carefully deduce that you’re odds of getting a call back are statistically high if you’re employed and apply on a Monday during the month of January or February. We think you’re odds are good, but of course, we can’t make guarantees. Instead, we’ll wish you the best of luck in your job hunt!

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