The time of day you send out a resume influences recruiters. Astrology or science? According to a study conducted by a recruitment agency, when you send the precious document in the morning, you increase your chances of getting an interview by five times.
To be on the safe side, the CV should be sent between six and ten o’clock in the morning, noted the recruitment firm TalentWorks. The interview success rate is 13%. According to the same data, the second preferred time slot is after 2:00 p.m. The success rate drops to 11%, but is still higher than the rest of the day.
On the other hand, avoid the 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. period and during the lunch break, as the chances of getting an interview decrease even more. The end of the day is clearly not the right time either. From 4:00 p.m. onward, responses become less and less frequent, with a peak of non-response at 7:30 p.m. In fact, only 3% of recruiters respond to interview requests when the CVs have been sent out in the evening.
The experience of William Bérubé, a recruitment consultant for Groupe Perspective in Quebec City, qualifies the results of the study. “When you arrive in the morning and you have to read 40 resumes in your e-mail box, the last ones at the top of the pile are actually considered first. “It is therefore better to send the CV in the morning, rather than in the evening. The recruiter specifies, however, that the hiring context influences the way emails and resumes are skimmed. “We consider absolutely all resumes received. For good reason, in the Quebec City area, recruiters don’t receive enough of them to disdain any application.
Recruiters say what they want to see on a resume…
The time it takes to send in a resume doesn’t do all the work! In a survey conducted in 2010 by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, the 255 recruiters who responded to the survey were very dissatisfied with their ideal CV. The majority (82.47%) preferred the résumé chronological (rather than by competency), 61.60% of respondents liked resumes no longer than two pages in length and 63.53% agreed that the layout had an influence in their assessment of an application.
Unsurprisingly, recruiters did not like spelling mistakes (although they were aware that this is not a criterion for all jobs). The most important information on the CV, for the majority of them? Work experience. The least important? Computer skills, language skills and hobbies.
To meet the tastes of recruiters, it is also in the applicant’s interest to write down his or her duties and responsibilities in previous jobs, rather than his or her results and achievements.
Education or work experience? Don’t worry about what comes first. Recruiters are pretty mixed themselves. What’s safe, save community involvement, hobbies and computer skills for the end of the resume.