Everyone is bound to be sensitive when their work is criticised but, before you rush to Twitter to vent your disgust and seek retaliation, look upon on the criticism constructively because sometimes you can use criticism to give you a competitive edge.
Stop Your First Reaction
At the first sign of criticism, before you do anything—stop. Really. Try not to react at all! You will have at least one second to stop your reaction. The language you use in response to criticism is vitally important. Try to avoid getting into an argument. Instead, turn the exchange into a discussion about how to resolve the problem. This way you’re still in a position to get paid and you’ll waste less time guessing how to put things right.
It opens lines of communication
If your Manager has criticism to give it means they want to give you feedback, that means an opportunity to learn more about their preferences and expectations. Sometimes it will make for uncomfortable listening but it can make you a stronger candidate as a result. Once able to receive criticism gracefully allows you open the lines of communications about obstacles or concerns on your part.
It forces you to think about how you work
Constructive criticism can steer you away from bad practices and towards good ones. It is valuable to have another opinion as sometimes you can’t see the wood from the trees. Try to be objective and look at what you’re providing as though it’s not yours. This can be particularly difficult when you’re deeply involved in a project but, if you can take a step back, you might see how to improve your way of working and avoid any negative outcomes down the road.