The WOB Profile – how to make the best of it
The Profile on the Women on Boards website is the way in which we can match you with non-executive roles which require your skills. It is also a way for other members and recruiters to connect with you (if you choose to make your profile public).
You access it via My Profile from the drop-down menu next to your name (top-right of every page when you are logged in). Please note that only our Full and Corporate members have access to My Profile. You can upgrade your membership here.
For selected non-executive roles, we will reach out to members with the skills and experience that are being sought.
Therefore to get the most from your membership, we recommend that you complete the following parts of your Profile, which we search on:
The fields to add these positions are at the bottom right of of the My Profile page. For both Board/Committees and Positions the matching criteria are Industry Sector and Skills. The more bread of both you can show across the different roles you enter, the more likely you are to match a particular position, so do enter as many as are relevent.
Target Areas for board roles
Do complete your target area and remuneration preference if you want to participate in vacancy matching, although we may send you interesting roles which you appear to match from other sectors from time to time.
From time to time we may work with a recruiter trying to fill a particular board role. By opting in here you are agreeing to have your name added to a short-list and passed on to a recruiter.
How much detail should I complete?
Unless you have time on your hands, we don't recommend that you fill in all the sections of the profile. It can be a useful repository for a bio and a useful template to articulate your board objectives, but in reality:
- LinkedIn is the main resource used by recruiters - you can enter your LinkedIn profile link in your summary details (see below under email)
- You will need a cover letter and Board CV for most NED and trustee applications
So focus on completing the key areas identified in this article. We would recommend creating your Board CV to think through which of your skills are most relevant to non-executive roles, and ensuring your WOB profile reflects these. Do draw on our our Board CV support to help with this.
Making your profile public
Part of what makes Women on Boards such a powerful support network is our members. We therefore encourage you to “make your profile public” when you have set it up. See the tick box circled in red. This will allow others to find you via the Browse Member Profiles function.
You will only be visible to other Women on Boards members, and they will not see your full address (just City) or phone numbers – but they will be able to email you.
This sharing of profiles provides inspiration and ideas for people starting out on their board journey and enables you to connect directly with other members.
You can get ideas and inspiration by looking at the profiles of other members using the Browse Member Profiles function (drop-down menu top right). You can search for keywords in their summary as well as on name and industry sector, so for example you can search for other lawyers - or just other lawyers in Scotland.