Rage Is All the Rage
If you feel your employer undervalues or underappreciated you, it might be tempting to send out a slew of job applications as soon as you’re off the clock. This phenomenon is referred to as ”rage applying” on social media — and it’s trending.
Rage applying has become popular now that it’s easier than ever to find and apply to listings through sites like Indeed and Glassdoor. While it may seem like a productive way to let off steam, rage applying is not necessarily the best way to navigate the job search.
Tame Your Temper
Unemployment currently sits at a 50-year low, and the US economy added 311,000 jobs this past February. For employees dissatisfied with their current employment, this large number of open jobs may appear enticing. It also means it is statistically easier to find a new job now than in years past.
But it’s important to remember that a new job won’t necessarily solve your problems.
Before rage applying and jumping to another company, it’s important to identify the issues that are causing your dissatisfaction in the first place. It may be productive to keep these issues front of mind when applying and interviewing so you don’t wind up in a similar situation at a new place.
Rather than rage applying, experts recommend communicating your needs to your employer. They may well stem from miscommunication, so by opening dialogue, you might still be able to find satisfaction in your current role, saving the time and effort of finding a new one.
If that doesn’t work, consider networking with existing and former colleagues to find your next opportunity. Many job openings aren’t even posted online. By getting a referral from a peer, you may find a better fit and increase your chances of landing it.
Finally, when you do start sending out applications, take the time to tailor each application to the company offering the position. By doing so, you’re more likely to stand out among other applicants. And by being intentional with each application, you can focus energy toward roles more fully aligned with your goals.
Switching jobs is sometimes a necessity. But it’s best to do so when you can be deliberate and engaged, not simply enraged.
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