Board of Directors

Board Recruitment Trends

"THERE IS A GROWING RECOGNITION THAT BOARDS WITH A GOOD MIX OF AGE, EXPERIENCE, AND BACKGROUNDS FOSTER BETTER DEBATE AND DECISION MAKING AND LESS GROUPTHINK. "

Spencer Stuart – 2021 Board Index

Ideal Board Candidates

According to our research of board recruiters, candidates with the following experience are most qualified/desirable for board-level roles:

  • Bare Minimum Experience - 15 years
  • Optimum Experience Sought - 25+ years
  • Deep Industry and Functional Knowledge
  • Unique Experience - International, M&A, IPO
  • Wide and Current Industry Network

Board Recruitment Trends

“We require a board resume and bio”

The Goodwin Group

“We prefer resumes”

Audeliss

“We like one-page bios”

Korn Ferry

The truth is, that it is different for each Board and for the recruiting firms they employ to find highly-qualified Board member candidates.

Board Resume Best Practices

  • Board resumes are shorter - primarily one page
  • Previous board roles are listed at the top
  • All previous “board-adjacent” work must be included
  • No need to hide age/length of experience
  • Include a headshot
  • Focus on board-specific skills*

Board Recruitment Trends

  • P&L Ownership
  • Corporate Strategy
  • M&As, IPOs, other exits
  • Fundraising
  • Digital Transformation
  • Transformation, Restructure,
  • Turnaround Leadership
  • Corporate Governance
  • ESG/Sustainability
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Public/Private Corporate Experience
  • Technology Expertise
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Financial Acumen / Audit Experience
  • Risk Management
  • Legal or Regulatory Expertise

"THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE IS TRYING TO BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON SPECIFIC AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND VALUE-ADDS."

AboveBoard

BOARD DIRECTORS BRANDING SERVICES

A board of director written brand is, in every aspect, different from a standard resume. The format is shorter and organized very differently. Your BOD application package contains three documents; all three documents are customary and include a customized BOD Resume (one page), a Biography (also one-page), and a Short Summary (1-2 paragraphs) that is used for “about us” sections of websites, for speaking engagements, and for media mentions.

To build these requires expertise and know how, along with an in-depth understanding of your career, your accomplishments, your current or previous board experience, civic activity, and other critical inclusions. Our writers specialize in pulling board-specific skills and qualifications from your experience and presenting your background to align with how board roles are filled.

Then, your entire career must be condensed to these document formats to effectively communicate the  “you” that will excite a reviewer, recruiter, or Board Membership Committee.

To begin this process, your SC&C Executive Consultant will speak personally with you and discuss your desired strategy, background, interests, and timing. Once you select Stewart, Cooper & Coon to guide you through this complex document development process, you will have a one-on-one conversation with an SC&C Board of Directors Executive Partner Branding Expert.

Your branding process begins with a personal and in-depth interview. During this session, we’ll talk through your ideal board opportunities (industry, company type/size, etc.) and then we’ll dig into your achievements, unique value, and other details that will best position you for your targeted board seats. All this information goes beyond your resume, Career WebFolio, and LinkedIn profile.

Our desire is to make sure your BOD application branding produces powerful and engaging documents that will excite any BOD Review Committee or BOD Recruiter.

Your BOD expert is a member of an elite team headed by Debra Boggs, SC&C Board of Director Branding Partner. Debra is a nationally recognized resume, LinkedIn, and job search expert by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Inc, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and many others, in addition to serving as an international speaker and guest for top-rated podcasts. In 2021, she was recognized by Forbes as a NEXT 1000 Entrepreneur. Debra an active member of Career Thought Leaders, a Founding Member of the Career Industry Authority and a member of CHIEF, a private network for the most powerful women in leadership.

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Each client presents us with different circumstances and needs. We customize our services and branding documents based upon the need of client. Below, are a few of the services available for Board of Director candidates.

  • Board of Director Resume
  • Executive Bio (1-Page)
  • Brief Executive Bio (1-2 Paragraphs)
  • LinkedIn Profile (Full Creation, Writing, Optimization & Upload Online)
  • Graphic-Style 1-Page Networking Resume
  • Board Recruiter Distribution
  • Strategic Plan Coaching Sessions
  • Professional Copyediting on All Final Documents

To Get Started

In the note section, briefly share your goals for your BOD search.

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