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Trend 'Rage Applying': When employees apply indiscriminately out of anger


If workers are dissatisfied with the job, they apply elsewhere. It's a familiar procedure, but what's behind the 'rage applying' trend?

If workers are dissatisfied with the job, they apply elsewhere.

It's a familiar procedure, but what's behind the 'rage applying' trend?

Satisfaction at work is a criterion for some employees, which leads them either to stay in the company or to change employers again.

If the job and the employee do not go together, frustration or dissatisfaction can quickly arise.

A study by Avantgarde Experts found out last year that every fifth employee is in the wrong job.

This means that many job changes could be pending.

Every year there are supposedly new trends in the job market, this year it's a trend called 'rage applying' where people often send out applications in a hurry and indiscriminately.

Rage Applying – a new phenomenon?


Apply quickly online for many different jobs?

With networks like LinkedIn and Xing, that's not a problem.

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There are many trends and often only the name behind them is different.

Some employees are probably already familiar with this trend of applying for many other jobs from the past.

This is also not uncommon, because like so many trends, the phenomena in the working world are repeated.

Do you know, for example, the extra mile that employees no longer want to go?

This is also known to others as 'Quiet Quitting'.

Another phenomenon from the world of work is 'quiet firing', in which employers try to urge employees to resign.

This must have been known a few generations ago.

So now 'rage applying' – randomly applying for jobs when you're frustrated with your own.

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TikTok video about 'Rage apllying' goes viral


Keep rage applying when youre mad 🫶🏼 that energy will push you to greater horizons than the job youre stuck in!

#work #milennial #worklife

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TikTok user "Redweez" encourages people to continue applying for jobs at random because it worked well for her.

She applied for 15 jobs, she says in the video, and landed a new job that gave her a $25,000 raise.

The video has already been liked over 370,000 times and commented on numerous times.

With this body language, the job interview goes wrong

With this body language, the job interview goes wrong

User reactions to 'rage applying'

  • Userin: "Every time I'm bored at work.

    I do this every day.”

  • User: "I've been applying randomly for eight months and have been unemployed for five months.

    I've sent around 300 applications, nothing so far."

  • Userin: “I applied while I was crying in the car on my lunch break.

    I got the best job ever.

    I'm so happy."

  • User: "That weird moment when they call and say they're offering you the job you applied for and you have no idea what it is because there were so many."

  • Userin: "That's how I got my current job."

  • User: “You applied for 15 jobs.

    I've applied to over 50 jobs on LinkedIn.

    We are not the same.”

  • Userin: "What about 'sob applying' if you cry all the time."

The random application seems to have worked for some users, while others are still looking.

Jobs expert Amy Zimmerman told


that 'rage appying' is a more aggressive technique than 'quiet quitting' and reflects employee dissatisfaction.

Many people feel unappreciated, unsupported, and unhappy in their position and seek a way to fix the feelings, says

CNBC careers expert Jenna Greco


However, the indiscriminate application is also dangerous, as you can partly see from the comments under the TikTok video, because there would also be more rejection.

Indiscriminate application may result in you applying to jobs you are not qualified for, in which case you will either receive a rejection or no response to your application.

This can exacerbate the cycle of dissatisfaction you find yourself in.

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Source: merkur

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