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Unlocking the Door to Directorship: Your Board Resume

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As we approach 2024, many aspiring directors are embarking on a journey towards securing a coveted board role. The path to becoming a Non-Executive Director (NED) is a step-by-step process, and your board resume is the key to unlocking this opportunity.

The board takes the recruitment process of new NEDs very seriously, and your resume plays a pivotal role in showcasing your qualifications and suitability for the role. However, crafting a board resume requires a different approach than your typical corporate CV. It's not about listing every detail of your day-to-day responsibilities; instead, it's about presenting your successes and strategic impact in a succinct and compelling manner.

A Shift in Perspective

For aspiring directors, this means a careful rethink of how to present your capabilities. Simply cutting and pasting from your corporate resume won't suffice; it signals that you may not fully grasp the distinct role of boards and directorships. A board resume should highlight your broader business acumen and judgment across multiple domains. It's about showcasing your ability to contribute strategically, rather than diving into operational minutiae.

Simplicity and Relevance Are Key

Board resumes should be concise and to the point. You don't want to give anyone a reason to toss your CV into the "too hard to read" pile. Remember, those reading your board resume are looking for specific information that pertains to their particular board. They want to know your value proposition in the context of their organisation's strategic direction and challenges.

Answering the Fundamental Question

As you craft your board resume, keep the fundamental question in mind: "What can I truly contribute to the strategic direction and challenges of this board?" Your resume should provide a clear and compelling answer to this question. Highlight your director attributes and demonstrate how your experience aligns with the board's needs and goals.

Seeking Third-Party Insight

Here's a top tip: don't go it alone. Get a third-party to review your board resume - Actuate can support with this. Colleagues, clients, and others who know you well can help you understand your unique strengths and contributions. Consider asking someone who currently sits on a board for their perspective—it's invaluable insight that can help you refine your profile.

Additional Tips for Crafting Your Board Resume

1. Write for Your Reader, Not Yourself: Tailor your resume to the expectations and interests of the board and nomination committees. Think about what they want to see and emphasise those aspects of your experience.

2. First Impressions Count: Your resume is your first opportunity to make an impression. Ensure it is well-organised, error-free, and visually appealing. A polished presentation can go a long way.

3. Achievements Impress: Highlight your significant achievements and contributions throughout your career. Use concrete examples to showcase your impact and results.

4. Director Attributes Impress: Clearly convey your directorial attributes, such as leadership, strategic thinking, risk management, and governance expertise. These qualities are highly valued in board members.

With thoughtful preparation, a clear focus on your strategic contributions, and the input of trusted advisors, you can position yourself as a standout candidate in the world of board appointments and ensure your success in 2024. To enhance your CV/Resume, book a call with us here.

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This blog was written by Ruth Odih

Ruth Odih is a key member of Centrica plc’s Secretariat Team, bringing extensive experience in corporate governance practices across a variety of UK and multinational organisations, with a strong background in the energy, oil and gas, catering, private equity, and financial services industries.


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