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Far more proactive than last year’s “quiet quitting” – when a frustrated employee does the bare minimum required by their job and exactly nothing more – the new workplace buzzword du jour is “rage applying.”

Rage applying is just what it sounds like: You had a bad day at work and you hate your boss, so you head to LinkedIn and start hastily applying to anything better than your current gig – all while cursing your current employer. A recent poll from recruitment specialist firm Robert Walters found that 67 per cent of Canadian workers admit to doing it.

Not buying it just yet? Refresh your TikTok feed to see the hashtag trend in action, though keep in mind that Gen Z is as quick to rip it to shreds as you are (probably quicker). TikTok’s Scott Seiss, known for his viral videos as the disgruntled IKEA worker, sarcastically defines rage applying as “when you apply for a job that will pay you more,” then asks, “What’s wrong with that? You’re just using the word rage to make it sound bad.”

Whatever you call it, explained senior regional director Mike Shekhtman from Robert Half Employment Agency, “when people feel frustrated and undervalued in the work force, they want out fast and basically start applying to as many positions as possible.”

But is rage applying, um, bad? “It’s not necessarily bad,” Mr. Shekhtman said, “there are just far better ways to address the situation.” Though mass applying behind your screen may feel like sweet revenge, at least for a minute, you’re not dealing with the root issue, be it salary or workload. “If it’s something specific that your boss can address, you need to tell them,” he said. Speaking for bosses like him, Mr. Shekhtman would much prefer an unhappy worker muster up the courage to tell him they’re unhappy enough to seek work elsewhere.

On the other hand, he said, “if the situation is not working and you don’t feel there’s a way to correct it, rage applying is still not the best way to find your next job.” A successful job application is thoughtful and deliberate – and therefore time-consuming. Of course you already know all this: “You should be researching the companies, making sure they align with your philosophies, tailoring your resumé.” Nobody can possibly do all this a dozen times a day, least of all in the middle of a rage fit on their lunch hour. So do what you must, but whatever you do, slow down, proof your cover letter and apply properly.

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