The short answer is no. Having said that I just read two articles basically saying ‘Rage Applying’ helped job hunters get a new job or a $25k raise in just a few weeks.
Here is a direct quote from a recently published article in one of the most reputable publications out there, Fortune Magazine.
“This is your sign to keep rage-applying to jobs,” a TikToker with username Redweez said in a video in early December. “I got mad at work, and I rage-applied to, like, 15 jobs. And then I got a job that gave me a $25,000 raise, and it’s a great place to work. So, keep rage-applying. It’ll happen.”
While I am happy for Redweez, the problem with “Quiet Quitting” or the newer expression popularized on TikTok “Rage Applying” is that neither job hunting method factors in to so many of the tips we discuss in these Tips of the Week.
Rage Applying requires no research on which company can use your skills most effectively, no informational interview to help you get in the door, no checking Google or Glassdoor reviews to make sure you are going to a better place, no seeking out your network for inside information and leads, no talking to potential fellow employees by reaching out on LinkedIn, no examining the industry to see what the future holds during an economic downturn and so much more.
In fact, Rage Applying is nothing more than answering a help wanted ad which is still the worst way to find a job statistically. I hope I don’t need to remind you that more than 70% of people find a job through someone they know, not by responding to an advertisement.
Another reason to avoid Rage Applying is that it is done quickly and with little forethought. But the truth is, there is nothing quick about job-hunting.
Continue to modify the resumes you send for greater effectiveness, creating persuasive letters to send to hiring managers and talent acquisition people, getting inside information and introductions from your network and doing enough research to justify an application to your target company.
Sure, it’s easy to apply to 15 jobs in minutes but since when did easy become part of the job-hunting lexicon? Job hunting is work. And to unemployed workers, job hunting is a full-time job.
Despite the recent slowdown in the economy caused by inflation and the government’s response to inflation, the job market has remained relatively strong.
This is both surprising and wonderful. While we all hope the job market will continues to generate 200,000+ jobs every month indefinitely, it is fighting a battle with a contracting economy.
Remember, the government is on a collision course with inflation and rising interest rates are still taking place. Jobs are still plentiful but certain industries susceptible to economic changes are already experiencing layoffs.
I caution all job hunters to pay attention to their own industry’s reaction to economic changes. Making a careful, calculated move makes the most sense when conditions change for the worse and the outlook for your future dims. Changing jobs when you are mad at your boss, just does not make sense. Stop Rage Applying. Move precipitously. Take your time. Do it right.