Writing a board of directors resume is much the same as writing any other executive resume. There are those who will disagree with this statement, but these are individuals who tend to expect resumes to all follow a specific, prescribed format.
We recommend a far more customized approach for writing any resume, including those for board of director positions.
As with any executive resume, before you begin writing, it is essential that you first fix your audience in your mind. Now ask yourself: What will be most important to the nominating and governance committees that will be selecting and interviewing candidates to fill vacancies of the board of directors?
This is the same question you must ask yourself before writing any resume. In other words, you must:
- Know your audience and be clear about who you are writing your resume for
- Identify what is most important to your audience in relation to the open position
- Structure your resume to showcase how you are the most ideal candidate to meet those needs
What are the factors that are most important for a board seat? The answer will vary according to the company or organization that you are targeting, but some of the most common experiences, areas of expertise, and qualifications that you will want to emphasize include:
- Visionary leadership and executive oversight experience
- Goal-setting and strategic planning skills
- Proven value as a strategic advisor
- Proven ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary group
- Strong communication skills and ability to build consensus
- Industry expertise
- Financial acumen
- Demonstrated problem-solving abilities
- Fundraising abilities
- Public/community relations and experience as a spokesperson
- Other board interaction experience, internal governance experience, or committee work
When you write your board of directors resume, you should selectively include and emphasize accomplishments and past experience that show how you have demonstrated these traits and skills in action.