How to Handle Rejection

It’s hard to get used to handling rejection. No one likes to be told they aren’t good enough, or that another person is being chosen instead. But you can learn to handle rejection in a more positive way that will help you instead of hinder future endeavors.

Don’t Take it Personally

It feels very personal when another job candidate is chosen over you. Somehow, you may be thinking, you just didn’t stack up as well as the other person. But try to realize that their decision not to hire you wasn’t personal. It’s just business. And while you may not have been perfect for that job, that’s got nothing to do with your suitability for a different job at another company.

Turn Your Attention to Other Matters

Don’t dwell on the rejection. Sitting around moping about or replaying the whole experience in your head will only make you feel bad. Instead, turn your attention to other matters, such as personal or career goals. Keep yourself busy with projects, friends, family or even fitness goals, so you maintain the confidence to get out there and keep interviewing for jobs.

Reflect on Past Successes

Just as replaying a recent rejection will make you feel bad about yourself, reflecting on past successes will help you feel better about yourself and more positive about your future potential. Try to summon up memories of times where you tried and succeeded at challenging and projects that come your way, even if they weren’t strictly to do with work. Calling to mind times when you succeeded against overwhelming odds will help you maintain the confidence you’ll need to get your next job.

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