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Rage Applying: When Frustration Fuels Your Job Search

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Rage Applying: When "I Hate My Job" Fuels Your Job Search

You've probably been there...

You're at your breaking point with work and ready to scream. But instead, you take to the screens in your life to look for a way out. Maybe you browse job listings late at night in the hopes of finding one that sparks that long-lost enthusiasm. Or, perhaps you scroll through jobs hoping to find one that can magically rescue you from your current agony.

Or perhaps, you’ve experienced "Rage Applying" when frustration gets the better of you, and you apply for jobs just to prove something to yourself, your boss or your coworkers. At ALU, we call that the "Hop and Hope" cycle. But, let’s hit pause and rethink that strategy, together.

1. Self-Reflection: Know Your Why

Start by understanding your motivations behind wanting a change. Is it because of a toxic work environment, meager salary, or lack of personal growth? The key lies in identification.

  • Identify the core reason behind your dissatisfaction

  • Understand what aspects truly matter to you in a job

  • Pinpoint the triggers causing you to 'Rage Apply'

🎯 Bottom Line: Uncover the real 'why' before making a career leap.

2. Be Mindful of Your Emotions

Rather than succumbing to the impulsive urge to 'Rage Apply', take a step back and consider the emotional drivers behind your actions. Identifying these triggers will help you make rational, more rewarding career decisions.

  • Assess your emotional state before applying for jobs

  • Address work-related conflicts as constructively as possible (if you haven't already)

  • Tap into your Circle of Support or Communities to cultivate emotional resilience. After all, you'll need that no matter what your next step is.

🎯 Bottom Line: Mastering your emotions is no small feat. Recognize them and even leverage them before making a rash decision.

3. Trust in God's Greater Plan

Remember, there’s a bigger picture—

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) Keep these words close to your heart. Remember, there’s a divine timing to things, and it's okay if you don't have all the answers right now.

  • Give your worries to God, embrace patience and trust His process

  • Uncertainty comes with being human. But, remember His plans for hope and a future

  • Know that you are on a personally-tailored path

🎯 Bottom Line: There's a divine plan for you, and you're right where you need to be.

Leaving the Hop and Hope cycle behind takes courage, reflection, and trust in God's timing in your life. So, how about planning for a new chapter? One where you're in control, taking action and pursuing a career based on purpose, patience and trust. Let's go make your next move intentional and meaningful rather than impulsive and reactive.

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