Writing a resume to answer a job posting quickly is an essential skill. Almost all job postings that you see will have an end date on them, and others will say, “open until filled”. The latter type of advertisement needs a response right away for obvious reasons. If you choose to delay sending in your application, you might find that you are too late and have lost out on a great opportunity.
The Sooner You Send in Your Resume, the Better
The former type of end-dated job advertisement needs to be applied to as soon as possible as well. Though a company may say that the deadline for application is at noon on Friday, June 29, 2012, there is no rule that prevents them from closing the competition sooner. Though the word “competition” may seem kind of harsh, that is exactly what it is—a competition. The sooner you send in your resume the better. If a company has received a specific number of applications before the closing date, they may wish to pull the ad and turn away other potential candidates.
Furthermore, by submitting your resume in a timely fashion, you convey your enthusiasm for the position. It also shows organization skills (i.e. already having your resume/application package ready), punctuality, and other related qualities.
The Application Process May Be Lengthy
In addition, sometimes the application process may be lengthy. You might start responding to an ad online and realize that you need to do more than submit a resume. Since you chose to respond to the advertisement immediately, you have left yourself enough time to locate additional documents, request a driver’s abstract or criminal record check if necessary, and research the organization’s goals and philosophy.
You Could Be Contacted Soon
Some companies contact you as soon as they have read your resume to schedule an interview. They may not wait for the closing date. If this is the case, you have more time to research the company and practice for your upcoming interview.
Moreover, you’re more likely to be enthusiastic about a fresh job posting. However, if you choose to mull it over for a few days, you may start having doubts, lack the energy to apply, or forget about it all together.
Applying to one position can also spark an interest in applying for others. Even though X position may be more desired than Y, it is still a good idea to apply for more than one job in case your first choice does not pan out. If you do find that you replied to a job posting and regret it, you can always pull your application or turn down an interview. Just because you have applied does not mean that you have to take the job. However, it is definitely better to respond too early than too late.
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