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Job Seekers: Never Do This On Mondays

Job Seekers: Never Do This On Mondays


There’s one rule I always tell job seekers about job search activities on a Monday: Never, I mean never, call to check the status of your application, or where the hiring manager is in the decision-making process for a job on a Monday.

Here’s Why…

Mondays are the least popular day of the work week. Even the most cheerful of workers struggles to get in the groove on a Monday. Given 84% of Americans surveyed last year said they’d like a new job, it’s safe to say the majority of people aren’t in the best mood. Adding stress or pressure to their day is not going to help you.

So, as much as you are dying to know where you stand, I’d suggest waiting until later in the week for several reasons:

  1. If the hiring manager hasn’t made any progress, they won’t appreciate you reminding them.
  2. If you aren’t in the running, they won’t be thrilled about having to give you the bad news.
  3. If they are super busy and planned to address the hiring process later in the week, they won’t appreciate you trying to push them to address it sooner.

Ironically, all that can change on a Tuesday when they are organized for the week and back in the productivity zone.


I don’t know, but trust me when I say job seekers should spend Mondays researching companies and identifying who they want to network with. Save the actually calling for Tuesdays and you’ll see people will be in better moods and respond to you more positively.

Your Next Step

If you liked this advice, then I encourage you to check out my new video series. Each video provides tips for executing an easier job search in this economy.

My videos are completely free and I’m confident you’re going to find them useful. The link to access the first one is below.


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J.T. O'Donnell Job Search & Career Expert. Syndicated Speaker & Author. Wife. Mother. CEO of CAREEREALISM Media. Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.