Have you been searching for a job for the last six months? If so, you’ve been in your job search far too long. According to a new survey by Workopolis, the average job search lasts about four months.
You job search isn’t meant to last forever. If you want to have a successful job search, it’s essential to know the best time of the week to apply for jobs and how to impress employers. Here are four trends discovered by Workopolis that will change your job search this year:
1. Apply for jobs on Monday.
Contrary to popular belief, Monday is the best day of the week to apply for a job according to Workopolis. Although it would make sense to apply for a job on Tuesday or Wednesday when recruiters aren’t swamped with emails from the weekend, Mondays are actually the best day to get your application noticed by employer.
When applying for jobs, there’s a few factors to keep in mind. First, always send your application early in the morning. This is a great way to catch the hiring manager’s attention when you first arrive to work. It’s also important to attach your cover letter and resume in PDF form so they’re easily accessible.
2. Don’t forget to use keywords in your application.
As a job seeker, you probably already know it’s important to use keywords in your resume and cover letter. However, do you know why it’s important to use keywords?
The Workopolis study discovered only two percent of applicants are selected for a job interview. This number is so low because the majority of applications go through applicant tracking systems. Because of this, many resumes and cover letters don’t even reach the hiring manager.
In the case your resume survives an application tracking system, you’ll need to impress the hiring manager. Workopolis discovered the majority of resumes are only scanned for 11 seconds before being passed over. Additionally, only 20 percent of the resumes fewed by hiring managers make the final cut.
Whether your resume is being reviewed by a machine or human being, you need to use keywords. Both applicant tracking systems and hiring managers are quickly skimming through resumes and you want yours to stand out. As you write your resume, make sure you use keywords that pertain to the position as well as your experience.
3. Schedule job interviews for the morning.
If a hiring manager wants to schedule a job interview with you, try to set something up for the morning. Employers who have the opportunity to meet with candidates earlier in the day are more likely to rate candidates higher, according to Workopolis. Especially if the hiring manager interviewed really strong candidates in the morning, it’s less likely they’ll give the same candidate ratings in the afternoon.
4. Your first impression influences your success.
The average job interview is 40 minutes long, according to Workopolis. Within the first four seconds of the job interview, the hiring manager will already make a decision of whether they’ll consider a candidate for the next steps of the hiring process.
When you enter a job interview, make eye contact, smile, and firmly shake the hiring manager’s hand. It’s also important to wear appropriate job interview attire and have copies of your resume prepared. This will help you make a positive first impression on the hiring manager and land you the job.
What action will you take to improve your job search this year?