Job Search Series: What to Accomplish Before Submitting a Job Application

If you’re looking for a new job, there’s no better time than now. Your job search will be significantly simplified by the internet. Whereas in past years you would be reduced to scanning multiple newspaper listings, today you’ll find all your listings online. However, while it may be simpler to submit your job application online, there are steps you can take before to improve the potential you’ll be hired.


Although these searches will be shorter and more efficient, you still have to put in your research time. Sometimes the most difficult thing is to start! With thousands of listings to consider in your area, it can be tough to get the work done. But, with a little preparation, you can make your search easier. You might think that searching any day is a good day. This is true for the most part, but there appears to be days that are better to send your application in than others. Data shows Tuesday is the best day of the week to send in your resume and job application, and you could be more successful looking for jobs in February, March, May and June.


The reason Tuesday seems to be special is that those looking for jobs and applying will have a greater chance of being noticed and getting in on the first wave of interviews on a Tuesday. And, research also showed 60% applied within the first week of a job being posted. It makes sense that the longer you wait, the more likely it is your application will be buried.


As you’re going through your job search, it’s important to evaluate your resume and list of references. Both will be analyzed by your future employer and be what makes you stand out in a crowd. The application process is usually pretty generic, so you’ll be able to shine and your resume and the people you put on your reference list.


Prior to sending any applications, do a little research on your own online reputation to be sure nothing will stand out to your new hiring manager. Most will be looking through your online social media profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter for comments, images and information that may flag you as an inappropriate hire.


Before you start looking for new opportunities and updating your resume and reference list, spend a little time thinking about what you do and don’t like about your current job. Maybe you can negotiate changes with your current employer? On the other hand, if that isn’t possible, you now have a list of criteria you want to either avoid or look for in your new job. If you are currently employed and looking for your next job, think about a strategy that will avoid your current boss finding out before you turn in your resignation.


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