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Why you should reconsider emailing your job application on the weekend.

19 September 2009 One Comment

I fully support applying for jobs as soon as you come across the vacant job posting to ensure that your application or resume get’s to the employer as one of the first applicants. And I also “preach” that your job search should not be put on hold if it’s the weekend. The entire job search process should be a full time activity until you land that job you’ve been coveting. However, I must share with you a little tip you should consider.

If you were to put a hold on checking your emails from Friday evening until Monday morning, what do you think would happen? Now think for a minute as a hiring manger or business owner. If I were to run my little test I’d easily have over 100 emails sittingĀ  in my inbox on Monday morning. Before I was able to configure my spam settings etc, there were times when I would have over 1,000 emails in my inbox on Monday morning. My Point! If you were to email in an application to a potential employer over the weekend, chances are it will end up in a pile with other emails that may accumulate over the weekend. I realize that many people do check their emails over the weekend, but why chance it? Most likely this is what will happen to your job application…

Potential employer checks her email Monday morning, with the pile of messages waiting for her attention, not to mention the normal “busy” way the office can be on a Monday morning, she may (if you’re lucky) skim through your message and never take the time to really digest it’s content. Or if she does as I’ve done in the past… anything not requiring my immediate attention, get’s deleted or filtered to another “box” which may get looked at if I remember to. Basically what I’m trying to say is… why have your application compete for the attention of the possible employer along with their busy Monday morning schedule and the countless other emails that were sent to her over the weekend?

May I suggest that you continue your job search over the weekend, compile a list jobs you’d like to apply for – I’d even prepare the application email but save it as a draft. Then when Monday morning comes along, after you think the employer may have had time to settle down and gone through most of their weekend emails.. send out your application. With less competition for the employers attention, your application will get noticed.

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  • Farhan said:

    I totally agree with you. This is what I thought and the information on this page supported my feelings about not applying for a job over a weekend.

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