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How Veteran Employees Can Justify a Seat at the Management Table

For veterans looking to have more control over their career and to become more of a leader at work, a promotion to management is the way to go. However, nobody is just handed a leadership role. Instead, employees have to develop their skills and earn that seat at the management table.

Help Workers Understand What Skills They Currently Lack

The first step a veteran employee should take is to talk with their boss about the path to becoming a supervisor. He or she may point out issues such as a lack of public speaking skills, or a tendency to leave work early even if there are things left to do. These can be improved upon with some thought. In addition to pointing out flaws, the manager may also give employees some tips to help you overcome them.

Support Taking Ownership of the Work

For a veteran to prove that he or she is a leader, they need to stop making excuses and take ownership of their abilities and their weaknesses. If others are struggling, they shouldn't be afraid to offer a helping hand. This shows that they care about your company and want everyone to do well. Over time, you will see that they are more productive and a positive influence in the workplace, which are qualities that managers must have.

A Formal Education May Help As Well

You may feel that your veterans employees need to complete their college degree or get a master's degree  before getting a promotion. Before they go and start studying, it may be a good idea for them to look at the job market to see what is in demand. For instance, they may want to look at the kind of jobs they can do in your company with a public relations degree before venturing into public relations, or graphic design jobs before getting a degree in that field.

Time and Experience Trump All Else

A veteran won't be able to prove himself with one smart decision, or by showing up to work early once or twice. Establishing himself as a leader will take time and consistent effort, and an ability to fit comfortably in the digital era. However, if they can be patient, that promotion may only be a few months or a year away depending on when a spot may open up.

If you're a veteran who wants a promotion, you need to prove that you have what it takes to earn one. Talk with your boss, take his or her suggestions to heart and do everything that you can to show that you are willing to take charge and be an asset for your employer.

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