How is a board CV different?

The board CV is different compared to a career CV, and for you to get a place on the boardroom, it is important to show what you can contribute here and now on the board.

When a headhunter or a company chooses you for a board, it is the knowledge that you must be chosen on. It is therefore important that your Board CV tells about the knowledge and skills you currently have. Your CV must tell about the company with you, will have added the skills the company lacks right now.

The board CV differs from a regular CV in that it is not a list of your career, but rather an explanation of what you can do right now.

Your current skills must come into play

Your knowledge and skills must be usable when you enter the boardroom, and it is important that you can move on a strategic level. You must be able to explain how your skills can add exactly what is missing in the company to create growth.

This means that, for example, you should not write that you work with social media. Instead, you must describe how you can work strategically in communication and how it has created growth for the company you work for

Although you will undoubtedly develop on a board, board work differs significantly from other jobs in that when your knowledge is exhausted and you add no more, you must move on from that company. What gives you the most dynamism, both for yourself and for the company you are on the board of, is that you know when your time is up.

So how do you write that Board CV so that you are placed in the right pile on the right basis? The idea is to get an overview of you in 15 seconds – which is very important when a company manager or headhunter sits and skims CVs. Therefore, a Board CV must be short and precise.

You generally arrange your Board CV in the following way:

Board CV

  1. At the top, “hard facts” (name, contact details, marital status) and picture (important)
  2. You write in point form which board skills you have and on which you want to be elected
  3. Then you list your most important education in one line for each year from/to
  4. Next, your career one line for each year from/to
  5. Finally, other important things to be able to judge you (special languages, important board positions, etc.) Finally, limit it to one page, so remember only the important facts that are needed to be able to assess yourself in relation to the given board position

Board profile:

You can choose to make your CV on two pages, with page two starting with a more in-depth explanation of your board competencies. Here you can go into more detail and make the soft formulation with certain elaborations.

You can put your Board CV in ESBEES’ CV database

Here you can also add your career CV and other documents.

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