Non-exec roles – Introduction to producing a relevant CV

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:

It is still common for a CV to be requested for board roles, alongside applications. Even if you don’t end up needing one, the process of compiling an appropriate board-experience CV may still be useful.

When putting together a CV for board roles:

  • Focus on outcomes, say what you achieved, quantify it and use facts and figures where-ever possible.
  • Sign-post relevance – don’t tell someone you used to do the accounts, tell them that you have experience of reading and analysing financial data.
  • Demonstrate that you understand strategy. Boards usually deal only with strategic, rather than operational matters. Your CV should demonstrate that you understand this, so where-ever possible focus on the strategic elements of what you did: for example, if you’ve been involved in developing a new approach to how staff induction processes happen and have improved outcomes as a result, focus on that, rather than saying that you designed and delivered an induction course.

 

When it comes to writing a CV for a board role, it’s an important opportunity to demonstrate that you understand what the role of a board member is. This means that your board-role CV may look quite different from other CVs you may have written.

 

Next time… Non-exec roles – Fine Tune your CV and Applications

 

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