We work with lots of entrepreneurs to help them to understand and secure Non-exec roles. We also support organisations to find the right Non-exec for them, and many of our team work in Non-exec roles. This series of blogs covers the How, What and Why of securing a Non-exec role.
If you’ve decided to start looking for an opportunity to serve on a board it can be daunting to know where to start. Here are some suggestions on things to do/consider:
In CVs in general, but especially for board roles, it is useful to be specific. Can you support any of your CV with facts and figures (turnover of the organisations, budget for which you were responsible, number of locations you communicate with, size of project, impact of project, size of team)? If you are making a claim, can you demonstrate how you could evidence this? For example, if you say that you are a great team player, can you add that you’ve received consistently outstanding scores for team working in 360 assessments, or that you’ve been asked to lead new teams as a result of your performance?
Demonstrate team work and consensus building:
It’s rare that any one person on a board is solely responsible for making any change happen. In a board setting change happens when you work with your colleagues, influence decisions and build consensus. If you have experience of team working, working in partnership, influencing decisions, dealing with contentious issues, or building consensus on a project then this should come across strongly in your CV.
Explain why you want the role:
Most trustees and non-executives do what they do because they are committed to the causes and organisations they work with; they’ll want to be sure that any new colleague shares this passion. Make sure you explain what it is that excites you about the organisation you are applying for, the communities they serve or the causes they are involved in. Why this role rather than any other?
Next time… Non-exec roles – Key Board Level Skills
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