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The Hidden Dangers of 'Rage Applying' and How to Spot the Warning Signs, According to a Veteran Career Coach Donna Shannon, founder and president of Personal Touch Career Services, reveals how to improve your work situation the right way.

By Amanda Breen

Key Takeaways

  • Employees dissatisfied with their current role are "rage applying" in search of a better fit.
  • Career coach Donna Shannon says rage applicants could find themselves in an even worse position.
  • Pay attention during the interview process to avoid falling for false promises, Shannon suggests.

"Rage applying" is, well, all the rage right now: Employees who are dissatisfied with their current position for some reason — perhaps they were passed over for a promotion or denied a raise, for example — fire off a slew of job applications in search of a better fit.

The strategy seems especially popular among young generations, who coined the term on social media; viral TikToks feature Gen Z and millennial creators who successfully rage applied their ways to better opportunities and higher salaries.

@successbysanjna I didn't get promotef at my Big4 job! #rageapply #career #big4 #kpmg #audit #banking ♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) - 山口夕依

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