Unemployment has been steadily improving across the U.S. Still, due to the economic stress prompted by the past year, a large percentage of people remain on the lookout for jobs.

Job hunting is a difficult process, mainly because almost everything appears to be out of your control. But according to some hiring experts, when you decide to submit a job application can have an important impact.

The Huffington Post spoke to several recruiting and HR experts who explained some facts that remain in your control when applying to job postings. Several said that the best time to submit an application was either early morning or late at night.

“The early bird gets the worm,” said job search strategist Ashlee Watkins. “I’ve checked applications at all times of the day, but typically the initial check of my applications was first thing in the morning.”

By submitting your application early in the morning or late at night, you’ll allow yourself to stand out, separating yourself from the herd. Being seen first is not much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a significant boost when so many people are applying for the same job. When paired with the right job experience, it can be a determinant in getting a job interview.

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Other factors that help are the amount of time the job posting has been open. Generally, the sooner you apply for the job, the better your odds. If the posting has been on the website for over a month, it’s likely that the company already has a pool of qualified people after the position.

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Although the hiring process is never easy, one good thing that the internet has supplied us with is the ease of finding job postings. And while it may seem that the competition for jobs is fierce right now (and it is), you can try your best to stand out in any way possible.

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