Job hunters do their searching on bosses’ time, survey reveals

Dean Sadler

New data released by Sheffield-based recruitment software provider Tribepad reveals that job-seekers prefer to apply for new jobs while on the clock at their current workplace.

Monday to Wednesday, between midday and 4pm is the most popular time for job hunters to seek new opportunities (21%); with most candidates applying on Monday at 2pm – the peak job-seeking moment.

The data also reveals that job-seekers are reticent to apply for new jobs on their own time at weekends – Friday evenings through till Sunday are the least popular times, with only 0.04% applying then. The data, which analysed just over five and a half million job applications made through TribePad’s applicant tracking software (ATS) platform, looks at application trends between 2018 and 2019.

Dean Sadler, the CEO of TribePad, said: Workplace culture and happiness is a key ingredient for what makes a company able to attract and retain talent. And if you have unhappy employees, it’s clear that they’re more than happy to use your time to search and apply for jobs.”

Furthermore, almost two thirds (61%) of the time spent applying for new roles was during working hours, kicking off at 8AM and then slowly dying down at 6PM. From there, only 27% of applications are submitted again in the evening. This is an increase from 2018, where 58% of applications were made during a similar period.

For applications made during non-working hours (39% in total from midnight to 8AM and then again from 6PM – 11:59PM), the most popular time for job seekers is between 6PM – 8PM (13%) during the week. The data also reveals the most popular month for applications; with 13% of applications made during the month of October; the next most popular months were June (10%) and September (9%).

Mr Sadler said: Being able to offer your candidates more than just a paycheck is a must. You need to invest in their wellbeing; their progression, for example, and understand that a work-life balance is extremely important. At the end of the day, you need to make sure you are taking care of your number one asset: your employees.”

The data also finds that almost two thirds (62%) of job adverts no longer request a CV from applicants. This is up from half (52%) in 2018 – indicating that the CV is dying out as a way of assessing candidates, replaced by other methods such as Application Tracking Software (ATS), questionnaires and video interviewing, for example.

He added: “The CV is dying, and technology is taking its place – no longer do you need to ‘sell yourself’ with a handful of catchphrases. Video interviewing systems, ATS, and AI means that candidates will be able to apply for jobs anytime and anywhere; using any system they prefer.”

In this tough hiring market, companies need to ensure they have a recruitment platform that fires on all cylinders; and that can seamlessly integrate into the company’s current CMS to help hiring managers find the perfect candidate for the role.