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  • Linda R. Taliaferro

How to Get Tapped for a Promotion

I’ve built my career around helping people get what I call “a seat at the table,” but I always tell people that looks different for everyone. Maybe it’s as simple as getting a project lead you’re angling for, or maybe it’s as complex as becoming the CEO of your company.

Whatever it is, most people are looking to be getting tapped for a higher position on the corporate ladder, and a lot of people approach this from a lens of being certified and degreed appropriately for a position.

Today, though, I want to make a bold assertion: getting promoted isn’t about how good you are, it’s so much more.


I encourage people to start with a retrospective lens. Why have you been passed over in the past? Most people I talk to have a pretty clear sense of this, especially when they know it should have been them who got the position they were passed over for.

Starting with identifying what the real gaps in your career and presence that could have been lacking for this miss to have occurred.

I put an emphasis on the word “real” here, because there’s a difference between identifying your strengths and weaknesses and identifying the problem that is actually causing you to be overlooked for promotion. You might be bad at taking meeting notes, for example, but it’s unlikely that’s the reason you didn’t get the job.


One good way of identifying your gaps is to seek feedback. You can do this a few ways.

Have direct conversations with your boss, colleagues, and mentors. Look to people who have worked with you and have a dialogue with them. What do they think your opportunities are?

You may also want to raise your hand and ask for a 360 review, which is a comprehensive review facilitated by HR involving your peers and superiors. The awesome thing about a 360 is that you get an incredible amount of feedback that will really help you raise the bar.

However you go about it, getting feedback from people who actually work with you is crucial to making an improvement in your career.


Identifying gaps and getting feedback from your peers is a really great way to make improvements that you need to help you get the job, but one of the most powerful and important things you can do is start to do a deep dive on some introspection.

Look deep within yourself and open the hood of your own feelings to identify who you are both personally and professionally. The line between personal and professional is paper-thin, so sitting down and doing some honest journaling and meditation about what you are and what you want is crucial work to supporting your own career.

Are you self-sabotaging? Do you have unprocessed trauma that’s impacting your work life? These are big important questions that you will bring with you to any position you take, so doing the work now is essential if you want to climb the ladder.

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