Heard About Rage Applying? This Is Why It Won’t Help Your Job Search

Aoibhinn Mc Bride reminds us to take stock and avoid rage applying for new jobs.

We’ve all been there… yet another passive aggressive email from a colleague that has an accusatory tone… management deferring to the office HiPPO (highest paid person’s opinion) instead of properly analysing the data you’ve compiled and presented to them… being offered a promotion with no extra compensation for taking on more responsibility.

Sometimes it doesn’t really matter what straw breaks the proverbial camel’s back, and any number of factors can cause you to down tools, formulate your exit strategy and start applying for a new job.

The premise of rage applying, which came to prominence via TikTok, sounds harmless enough: you apply for several jobs in a temper, you hopefully get called for interviews, successfully navigate said interviews and manage to secure a new job with a higher salary. Win-win.

Not the best approach

Although furiously hammering out your skills and experience while the red mist is still hanging in the air can feel momentarily therapeutic, applying for jobs when tensions and emotions are running high isn’t the best way to bag a new job, or deal with any kind of hostile workplace situation, for a myriad of reasons.

For starters, there’s the quality of your application to think about. While rage applying might give you instant gratification, a hastily written email or cover letter that may or may not contain typos isn’t the best way to get your foot in the door at any company.

Plus, if you don’t carefully scan the job description of the job you’re applying for, you’ll more than likely miss the essential keywords needed to bypass any kind of applicant tracking system (ATS) software the recruiter or HR department has in place—data shows that 75% of recruiters or hiring managers are now using some form of ATS to automatically reject CVs that don’t match up with the job description before a set of human eyes ever reads them.

There’s also the quality of the jobs you’re applying for to think about. Taking the time to do your research, read up on company values, or even reach out to your professional network to find out more details can prove to be much more valuable, and ultimately help you secure a role that has longevity and potential instead of a momentary quick fix.

Finally, are there gaps on your CV that you need to address before you can work your way up the career ladder? Ensuring you’re in a strong place to start the job hunting process is the best way to bag your next role.

So instead of rage-applying and hoping for the best, craft your exit strategy by setting yourself micro deadlines around upskilling in certain areas, or availing of learning and development opportunities provided by your current employer. Then, and only then, should you consider looking for a new job.

Ready to (serenely) browse open listings? The Professional Beauty Job Board has hundreds of exciting openings in companies that are actively hiring, like the three below.

MAC Store Manager, The Estée Lauder Companies, Wauwatosa

Estée Lauder is looking for a Store Manager to lead and develop a team of sales associates to achieve all sales, customer service and operational targets. You should have proven leadership, coaching and business management skills, gained in a fast-paced retail environment. You will have total accountability for creating and executing an agile business plan to recruit and retain customers through strategic targeting, impactful in-store events, exceptional customer relationship management and the leadership of a high performing team. View more details here.

Brand Partner Marketing Executive, Sephora, Sydney

As the Brand Partner Marketing Executive, you will be responsible for the strategy and implementation of marketing activity for Sephora ANZ, run in collaboration with key brand partners. In this capacity, the Brand Partner Marketing Executive is responsible for maintaining strong relationships and consistent communication with the category management team and external brand partners. You will be responsible for supporting and executing brand-marketing plans for over 150 brands and represent Sephora as the main marketing point of contact for its key brands across makeup, haircare, skincare and fragrance. See the full job description here.

Dermal and Laser Technician | Broadmeadows, Australian Skin Clinics, Broadmeadows

Australian Skin Clinics is a rapidly growing publicly listed company and is currently looking for a Dermal and Laser Technician to join the team at Broadmeadows. A typical day will involve providing various treatments to clients, including laser hair removal treatment and dermal and skin treatments, and providing recommendations, including bespoke treatment plans and product recommendations To apply, you’ll need a Cert IV or Diploma in beauty therapy, have a proven track record of smashing sales targets and while experience of using medical grade devices is not essential, it is a bonus. Apply here.

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