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Refuse to Hire on the Weekends? Not so fast

Posted by Erin Borgerson on August 24, 2013

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Friday at 5pm rolls around and you shoot out of the office, leaving your computer, and for the next 60 hours you don't have another thought about filling that empty position.

Most hiring managers shy away from looking at candidates, contacting applicants, and posting jobs on the weekends because they assume candidates aren't searching on Saturdays and Sundays. This might not be the case however, although weekend job searching traffic is not as high as Monday-Friday, there is still plenty of candidates looking on their downtime.

In order to take advantage of the weekend job searchers you should take one hour per weekend and post jobs, reply to applicants, send a #Nowhiring tweet, and sort through candidates. 

Here's 3 reasons why you should hire over the weekend:

1. Candidates aren't at work

Ever called a candidate to set up an interview and they were whispering into the phone? By contacting candidates over the weekend, you can trust that you will have their full attention and they aren't dodging their boss's wandering eyes.

2. Candidates are searching for jobs

Looking for a job over the weekend might seem like the last thing you would do, however if a candidate has a full-time job they are not spending time looking for jobs at work. When you post jobs on the weekend you have a better chance of catching the candidates spending their free time searching for open positions.

3. You have extra time

If you find yourself struggling to carve out time to look at resumes during the week, it's time to start hiring on the weekends. With a clearer head and less-cluttered schedule, your hiring process will thank you.

Reconsidering your weekend plans? Let us know how hiring on the weekend works for you in the comments sections and download our latest ebook below!

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Erin Borgerson

About the Author

Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.