Creating Your Board Documents
Applying for a different job? Making a career change? Thinking it's time to take a leap into something new? Then you are likely ramping up the ol' resume mill to pump out your CV or resume to countless channels on the internet. But what about if your career change is leaning towards Board directorship? Do you polish up the same documents and send a resume or CV for Board positions? Sounds like an easy thing to do - after all, your experience is your experience, right? The answer is a profound "NO." ...and this mistake is made over and over again by those looking to move into Board directorship.
Submitting a resume or CV for a Board position is the fastest way to be eliminated from the Board candidate pool
Yep, that's right. Doesn't work that way! Now, I know that a few folks in the executive / board placement industry are going to write to me and complain, "...why are you giving away knowledge that currently makes our vetting process easier..." But hey, my articles are about truth and are designed to offer up insight and solutions. I must admit, too, that when building my Boards and soliciting candidates, I can tell within a matter of seconds if I have a serious Board candidate or not. First off, if the file name of their email attachment says 'resume' or 'CV,' I know I could have someone that is either not up to speed or likely doesn't have in-depth experience in the Board space. For companies in the public and private sectors (and potentially the non-profit sector), a serious Board candidate is required - not someone who is simply looking to fluff their career and have a cushy title. So give yourself a fighting chance! Create the proper documents!
Creating the proper 'Board Document' is the first step in representing yourself as a serious Board candidate
"So what is this mysterious 'Board Document' and how do I create it?" I thought you might ask! I have found the most success personally in landing Board seats and also vetting candidates for the Boards that I build with the following Board Document formula:
Length of a resume or CV is typically a big topic of conversation (and disagreement). This is no different in Board Document discussions. You will typically hear that 2-3 pages is ideal, and this could be true based on someone's preference. I opt for slightly longer, but this is done in such a way that I can include two additional sections that I view as game changers, especially in candidate decision-making scenarios:
With these pointers, I wish you the best of luck in your Board endeavors. Just make sure your Board Document is complete and compelling.
What will you consider when creating your Board Document?
Reach out if you need help creating your own killer Board Document
About the Author: In addition to sitting on numerous boards, Mark A. Pfister is a certified Board Director and advises public, private and non-profit boards in efficient and effective operations. He is the inventor of the 'Board as a Service' (BaaS) engagement model and an expert project/program manager frequently consulting on strategic global initiatives in their initiation and operational phases....... <<here>>
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