Writing A Board-Level Resume
Thinking of throwing your name into the hat for a coveted Board-level seat? Great! First, make sure your resume is Board-level ready! Yes, there is a difference between you corporate executive resume and your Board CV. To compete with other Board nominees, you must consider—and promote—the contributions your candidacy will bring as a member of the Board and not just the accomplishments you have delivered thus far for your corporate employers.
The following is a partial list of key value drivers you must weave into your Board worthy CV/resume.
- What is your unique value offer as a Board candidate?
- List committee and Board experience first.
- History delivering value to shareholders and describe the improvement.
- Share soft/people skills such as relationship building, decision making, consensus creation.
- Create a highlight section with high-stakes and top-level collaborations and results from strategic advisement.
- Promote your industry expertise by referencing speaking engagements, community involvement, and mentions in publications.
- Speak to your experience driving company vision, shaping corporate identity, risk management, and protecting/strengthening company brand.
- Delineate career progressions with concise strategic initiatives.
- Note breadth of leadership through transformations, M&As, restructurings, exits, turnarounds, consolidations, rebranding efforts, etc.
- Quantify ROI: EBITDA growth, stock value, etc.
Bottom-line: You must brand yourself as a Board Director. You need to help them visualize you in a Board setting as a valuable, strategic member for that specific opportunity. Here are two great videos I sourced for you on this topic. Good luck!