Friday, August 17, 2012

How quickly to apply for a job that contains an application deadline

Please solve a disagreement I’m having with my roommate about job application deadlines.  I say when there’s a deadline in the ad you can take your time applying for the job because they’ll review all the applications on the deadline date.  She says I should submit my application way before the deadline.  Who’s right?

1 comment:

USDCareerBlog said...

Sorry, but we have to go with your roomie on this one. Although some recruiters may wait until the deadline date to review all the job applications, there’s nothing to say that they won’t review them on a “rolling basis,” i.e., as they arrive. In addition, recruiters might call, interview, and make offers to candidates before the application deadline. You may be a great candidate, but if you wait until the deadline, the position may be filled without your application ever having been reviewed!

However, we don’t recommend you dash out a letter and resume to ensure that your application arrives quickly. You still want to carefully review the job posting, research the company, and then write a cover letter (if required) that speaks directly to the skills and experiences that make you an ideal candidate.

So we recommend that you be quick, but also thorough – because you only have one shot at a first impression.