When you see a new job listing, you may be tempted to rush and apply. Waiting to apply may separate you from the crowd and give you an advantage in your job search.
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Over at Wise Bread, they recommend waiting just a bit:
What if you saw an ad for a job where you knew there was a fair amount of turnover. To add to this, let's assume you are not desperate and unemployed. Wouldn't it make sense, then, to allow the ad to run its course and send a letter a few weeks later to make it appear your interest in the company was genuine and not an opportunistic spur of the moment decision made because there was an enticing ad that sparked your interest? The point here is to get yourself noticed when they aren't looking -- and when there aren't a hundred other candidates seeking their attention all at once.
The benefit of waiting is the hiring manager won't see you as just another resume in a stack. An employer may see you as more confident in your skills. Waiting just a bit highlights you and separates you from the pack.
Find out other ways to stand out when applying by checking out the link.
8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search [Wise Bread]