Posted by Brian McCullough
For years people have asked me if there’s a “best” time to respond to a job ad? Should you watch the job boards like a hawk, obsessively refreshing so that you can get your resume in first? Or is there some other window of time when, statistically speaking, your resume is more likely to be seen?
I actually never knew the answer to that question.
In fact, I had never seen a good answer to that question anywhere, since I don’t think anyone had ever bothered to research it.
So, I did it myself. It took me 6 months to get 200 job seekers to share their real world results with me, but I finally have some solid, anecdotal data. And that data says: YES. If you want to play the odds, there are some times when you are more likely to hear back after responding to a job opening. In fact, there are four distinct times when the odds seem to be more in your favor.
I have all the data, including the chart above, my methodology, and some conclusions, all posted over at our sister-blog: