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 your 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:
1. What is your unique value offer as a Board candidate?
2. List committee and Board experience first.
3. History delivering value to shareholders and describe the improvement.
4. Share soft/people skills such as relationship building, decision making, consensus creation.
5. Create a highlight section with high-stakes and top-level collaborations and results from strategic advisement.
6. Promote your industry expertise by referencing speaking engagements, community involvement, and mentions in publications.
7. Speak to your experience driving company vision, shaping corporate identity, risk management, and protecting/strengthening company brand.
8. Delineate career progressions with concise strategic initiatives.
9. Note breadth of leadership through transformations, M&As, restructurings, exits, turnarounds, consolidations, rebranding efforts, etc.
10. 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.
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