Similar to a job search, you need to articulate your value to a board. How do you distinguish yourself from the large number of candidates also searching for board seats? Alter your value statement to align with the board's focus and organization's needs.
Highlight Relevant Expertise
- Board experience - for-profit or non-profit
- Fundraising experience
- Industry knowledge and contacts
- M&A experience
- IPO experience
- Experience running a company or mentoring start-ups
- Marketing, financial, or technical expertise
- Risk management experience
Your resume should include a Summary section that highlights your attributes relevant to a board role, as opposed to a management role. The rest of your resume should reflect these characteristics and key aspects of your brand. As you update your resume, consider the differences between a resume for a job and a resume for a board seat.
- Capabilities (vs. accomplishments)
- Experience (vs. companies)
- Value you bring to a board (vs. titles)
Demonstrate how your skills and network can benefit the board by introducing new customers/clients, strategic alliances, international opportunities, and/or new technologies.