You could be forgiven for thinking that instead of Friday, Monday is the most productive day of the week to start advertising your job vacancies. After all, people will be raring to go after a weekend away from their desks, surely? And anyone suffering the dreaded Monday morning feeling and desperate to find a new job would be firing out their CV on their first day back, right? Wrong. New research puts paid to these theories and reveals that Tuesday is the prime time for job seekers applying for jobs and for recruiters to post job adverts.
Research on when to post job adverts
US firm smartrecruiters.com studied 270,000 job listings to uncover the trend and the underlying reasons behind it. And where America leads, the UK usually follows so the arguments for Tuesday being the main day for movement in the recruitment industry will hold true here too.
Researchers found that as well as Tuesday being the most popular day for recruiters and hirers to post job ads on online job boards, it’s also the day of the week when most job offers are extended to candidates. People tend to use Mondays to plan their week, arrange meetings and catch up on business. By Tuesday they are slightly less busy, it appears, and in a position to place ads and extend offers. And 11am is to be the most popular time to post, just in time for lunchtime when workers can take time to scan online jobs boards on their mobiles.
Tuesday is also the most popular day for people to apply for jobs and the researchers pinpointed the time the majority of people do this to around 2pm. The next most popular day for both placing adverts and applying for posts is Thursday.
SmartRecruiters CEO Jerome Ternynck explains
SmartRecruiters founder and CEO Jerome Ternynck explains: “Employers are eager to make offers before the weekend starts and people are thinking more about weekend plans.”
And he adds that job seekers generally like to take the weekend to think over job offers. Between Monday and Wednesday around 60% of jobs are advertised. Predictable, corporate and office-based jobs are advertised more during the week than at weekends but entry-level or hourly jobs are often posted over a weekend.
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