Apply Early

Every job posting has a deadline that usually reads something like: “all application materials must be received by DATE.” As an applicant, you’ve probably looked at that date and said to yourself, as long as I get everything in by then, I’m good!

Turns out that way of thinking might just be what’s keeping you from an interview.

According to new research from StartWire, mentioned in the myPathfinder Career Blog post, “More than one-fourth of jobs were filled with candidates who applied within the first two days of a posting, according to new research from StartWire. Half the jobs in StartWire’s research went to people who had applied in the first week.”

Twenty-five percent of jobs are filled with candidates who applied in the first to days of the posting, 50 percent from those in the first week. It clearly pays to be an early applicant.

The post continues with details on why these statistics are accurate and helpful tips from StartWire CEO Chris Forman.

The bottom line, is yes, you should apply as early as possible. It can only help you. You want to be at the front of the line. You want the hiring manager to call you even before the deadline passes to set up an interview.

So, set up those job alerts and have your application materials on hand. If you get alerts daily, then you are most likely to be at the front of the line.

Staying Organized at Work

Photo from Orange County Organizing
I freely admit I’m a bit OCD. I like to have paper lists and electronic lists. I prefer to keep copies of paperwork for years just in case I might need it again some day. This has been worth it a few times, but really it just leaves a lot of clutter. Unless you have a really good system.

At home, I use pretty filing cabinets and file mail and such at least once a month if not once a week. At work, I make sure to file regularly and not let papers clutter my desk top.

I have check lists galore. Projects that need to be completed ASAP, projects that are on the back burner and projects not yet started. This way, I always have something to work on. I just make sure to check in with my supervisor regularly to make sure my list is still accurate.

Keeping a paper calendar with deadlines in my line of vision is very helpful for me to visualize how much time I have left on a project. While an electronic calendar (which I am a huge proponent of as indicated here), can send you reminders, some times the visual cue is the best way to reinforce a deadline.

I also love sticky notes. If I need to remind myself of something really quick or a point I don’t want to forget, I jot it down on a sticky note. I probably go through a stack every couple of weeks. The bright colors and fun shaped ones are my favorite.

What are some of the ways you keep organized and on task at work?