Is it time to move up? Have you been considering a move from Executive to the Board? As baby boomers who are on Boards in North America and Europe are retiring, the opportunities are vast. You have to be prepared to travel, the responsibilities are different, sometimes onerous, but it can be a rewarding challenge when you have met all of your other career goals.
Not every Executive wants to move onward and upward to a Board position, but if you are hungry for that next adventure, gear up and get ready by polishing your Board-level skills, get your board resume and cover letter together, and get the word out! The opportunities are out there!
Polish your skills.
What can you do as an Executive to prove your Board-level leadership skills? Join the Board of a local charity. Community foundations are a great way to start, but keep an eye out for open positions on national non-profits headquartered near you. Leading a not-for-profit to greater success is a wonderful way to develop and promote your leadership skills.
Board Resumes are different.
Any Career Coach will tell you, a Board Resume is very different from an Executive Resume. A Professional Resume Writer should be able to explain the difference and create a Board Resume and Board Cover Letter that will grab the attention of a Search Committee.
Get the word out!
Make sure your networks know that you’re building skills and leadership levels. You can promote the non-profit you lead, which allows the information about your Board position to circulate. Make sure your social media is up to date with your new responsibilities and skills, too. When you’re ready to start searching for a Corporate Board position, your network and social media history will support your value as a Board Candidate.
It takes some planning and a shift in perspective to move from Executive level to Board level. If you are looking for one last challenge to deepen your career success, this may be the right time and the right move for you!