Learning how to take rejection well is a skill every aspiring public relations professional needs to know. Having "thick skin" is a much sough after trait in this industry. Not being offered a job, being continuously shot down by the media and being critiqued by colleagues and clients can be really tough to handle. In the end however, it is just part of the job. It often makes it difficult to stay positive when there is an abundance of negativity floating around.
Here are some tips to handle criticism and deal with rejection:
- Roll with the punches. It’s important to keep going. Negative things happen. It’s normal. Don’t get discouraged.
- Listen to constructive criticism. Take the feedback seriously even if it is not what you want to hear. You may miss out on an opportunity to better yourself.
- Remember it’s business, not personal. Never take anything personally, at the end of the day you and your colleagues are trying to do what is best for the client.
- Learn from your mistakes. Grow from your experiences and become a better PR professional because of it.
- Use it to fuel you. Fix your mistakes, take better action and prove your abilities. Push yourself!
How else do you stay motivated? We want to know!