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When NOT to Submit Your Resume – Job Search Radio

Too often, people do dumb unthinking things in their job search. They call Monday morning at [7:30] AM expecting to reach someone and ask, “So what’s going on?” Probably not much different than Friday afternoon when you last called.

On this podcast, I discuss a mistake they job hunters make – – submitting their resume at the wrong time. I hope you aren’t making this mistake, but if you are STOP IT!


When shouldn’t you submit a resume?

Let’s look at human nature. If you are submitting your resume on Friday evening, what’s going to happen? It’s going to sit there with more landing on top of it until, eventually, someone walks in on Monday morning, groans because they see you sent it on Friday late afternoon or evening, Saturday, Sunday until they wonder, “what are you expecting might happen by submitting it at that time?” They now have a stack that they’re walking into that’s ridiculously long.

I know in my case, on Monday morning I’m walking into 300+ EMAILS.

Monday morning roles in. People start residence sending resumes then. We pay more attention to those. We start the work back in time; then we go to Friday late, we start to meet them in the middle… I think to be a pretty common pattern than most people have.

In other words, you are waiting. If you sent your resume on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday, you’re probably waiting quite a while for some of actually read your message.

Don’t send out your resume then. It’s really a waste of effort on your part. Instead, if you set up Outlook or Outlook express to delayed the send, or if that facility exists with Gmail or Hotmail or Yahoo mail, delay sending it so that it is delivered midmorning in the time zone of the recipient on Monday.

Why do this? Then they are rolling into their day; they aren’t cursing at you for piling up work for them; it’s more likely to be looked at that if you send it on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday. Those are awful times to send resumes! No one looks at them right away. After all, we tend to look at the more recent stuff that we receive that day.

So follow that advice. Get more responses. Think like the recipient, instead of only thinking about yourself.

Again. Delay the send. That’s the whole trick to this. You can get it into your outbox, leave your computer on, let it go out and will arrive at the specified time.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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