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Rejected for a job? That's how you deal with it!

If you're turned down for a job or a promotion, it's easy to take it personally and blame yourself. But if you want to go further, it's important to put rejection in perspective. Have you been rejected for a job? Here are some ways to deal with it.

Keep your plans flexible

Being rejected at this point can be a major disappointment. But you don't know what will happen in the future. If you're passed over for one job, you may be able to get another that's a better fit for you. Recognize that your path can take unexpected turns – and be prepared to make the most of it.

Don't let it damage your self-image

Getting rejected may not just be about you. If you don't get a particular job, it may have more to do with the hiring manager's personal preferences than your abilities.

Treat yourself as a friend

We all have friends and relatives who have been rejected, passed over or even let go. And chances are, you don't judge them as harshly for it as you do yourself. Give yourself the same compassion that you would give to a friend in your situation.

Don't let frustration get the best out of you

Being rejected can make it seem like the next opportunity never comes. And that can lead to despair. It may not be easy – earning a promotion or finding a new job can be hard work. But if you feel powerless, check your resume. Remind yourself of your skills and experience. Then ask yourself what external factors – which you probably had no control over – may have contributed to the rejection. This will help you maintain confidence in your ability to reach the next position that comes your way.