The Rosetta Stone of Career Management

This year I decided to subscribe to ODE Magazine. (It bills itself as being for "Intelligent Optimists"! Sounds good to me.) And in the first issue was an advert that related the company's method for learning a new language to the Rosetta Stone.  

Now, the Rosetta Stone is, if I recall correctly, the tablet that provided the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. But it got me wondering: is there a Rosetta Stone for career management? (I know, it's a bit of a tangent, but that's how my mind wanders!) Here's how I see it.

The key to career management is effective self-promotion. Finding a balance between being boring and boastful, the person who desires to steer his or her career (as opposed to leaving its evolvement entirely in fate's hands) must learn the art of "selling" rather than "telling."

The blue collar worker ready to enter the ranks of management; administrative assistant aspiring to become an office supervisor; supervisor of public works who longs to change careers completely and join the corporate writing team; and the accountant making his or her way up to the CFO level, all must learn to convey value rather than history. They must draw the connection between their skills, talents, education and performance, and their employers' bottom line.

Not always easy, but this to me is the Rosetta Stone of Career Management.