I ran across this article on CareerBuilder by Kaitlin Madden referencing timing in a job search. This question from the article really stuck out at me.

If I see a new job posting that I’m interested in, should I send my résumé right away or wait a few days until the recruiter is not longer inundated with initial applications?

In this case, timing often does matter. Get your résumé together, write a tailored, company-specific cover letter and get that application in.

“The fact is that recruiters often will be recruiting for 20 to 40 positions at a time,” says Chris Forman, CEO of StartWire, a networking website for job seekers. “Once a job is open for three or four days, the recruiter or HR specialist will review the applicant pool and determine if they have enough candidates to proceed. If they do, often times they will stop reviewing new candidates and interview the qualified candidates they already have in the hopper. This is not always the case, of course, but it does happen a fair amount of the time. That’s why being ‘Johnny on the spot’ when a job is opened is always a best practice.”

I’ve seen many people put off job hunting for different reasons. Most actually fall short on finding something they really enjoy, or end up just taking a job they hate. On the other hand, I’ve also seen job searchers who are prepared and absolutely hit the jackpot when the time is right.When it comes to the good jobs, as with anything else, the early bird gets the worm.

Scott Dunning, Technical Recruiter