Write A Winning Board-Level Resume
Thinking of throwing your name into the hat for a coveted Board-level seat? Great! First, make sure your executive resume is Board-level ready!
Yes, there is a difference between you corporate executive resume and your Board CV. To compete with other Board candidates, 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 as a member of the C-Suite.
Thing vision, strategy, stakeholders, and long-term agendas — above all thing relevance! Who do they need in that seat? Why?
When writing your board of directors resume, you should emphasize experience that supports your value statement as a member of the board of directors. For example, we recently worked with a CHRO who was also a lawyer. This executive’s value offer to the board of directors included not only trending knowledge of human capital strategies but also legal strategies.
The following is a partial list of key value drivers you must weave into your Board-worthy resume.
- What is your unique value offer as a Board candidate?
- List committee and Board experience first.
- Include experience enhancing value to shareholders and describe the improvement in tangible terms.
- Share soft/people skills such as relationship building, decision making, consensus creation. Refer to key alliances that impacted your company’s top or bottom line.
- Create a highlight section with high-stakes and important collaborations and results from strategic advisement.
- Promote your industry expertise by listing 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.
- Accentuate 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 candidate. You need to help them visualize you in a Board seat and adding value that they would be hard-pressed to find in someone else.
How Do You Find Board Level Opportunities?
Make a list of the companies who might need your expertise. Do you specialize in private equity, IPOs, international growth? Which companies would benefit from your knowledge? Develop a target list of company boards where they have a gap you can fill. You can even network on LinkedIn with other Board members and create opportunities.
Here are two great videos I sourced for you on this topic. Good luck!