Increase your chances of landing a job by applying on Mondays

Photo credit: Mihai Maxim, Shutterstock

Photo credit: Mihai Maxim, Shutterstock

Mondays are one of the busiest days on and on Idealist Careers. We’ve always assumed that the beginning of the work week is when people are likely more eager to get a jump start on their job search.

Turns out, these people might be on to something. According to a recent report by, Monday is a great day to apply for jobs, as applicants are more likely to move forward to the next round of the hiring process.

The site’s data show that 30 percent of people who apply for a job on Mondays advance to the next stage of the hiring process. That’s better than the success rate for any other day. Saturdays are the least successful day, when only 14 percent of applicants advance.

Most job-seekers apply on Tuesdays (37 percent), but only 20 percent of them succeed. Saturday, with the lowest number of applicants (about 5 percent), is also the worst day to apply, with a success rate of only 14 percent. says its findings don’t explain why Monday seekers do best, simply confirming that they do.

We’d love to find out why this might be the case (if you have any thoughts on this, chime in!).

In the meantime, if you’re here because you’re ready to find a new job, be sure to check out our most popular job seeker resources:

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