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Here is some simple advice about when NOT to submit your resume based upon human behavior.

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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.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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