Securing a Board Position - 5 Simple Steps
Finding a board appointment that suits your interests, skills and geography takes patience, determination and effort. Women on Boards is here to help.
Our focus is to encourage, inspire and actively support women to find their own pathway to the boardroom. We provide the tools to help you master the non-executive director landscape and develop an effective strategy to secure your ideal board position.
All you need to do is follow five simple steps:
1. Take time to explore our rich Resource Centre.
The articles and other reference materials give you an understanding of the boardroom environment and the latest governance thinking. Our subscriber-only area contains template Board CVs and top tips from headhunters and senior non-executives.
>> We particuarly recommend The top seven reasons why being a director is good for your career if you need to convince your boss (or yourself!) that you should be allowed the time to extend your career into board roles. It outlines the benefits to your own development but also in terms of what you will bring back to your organisation.
These are designed as a source of information and inspiration for people considering their first board role and those seeking to add a new non executive or trustee role to their portfolio.
"The workshop was full of practical advice and tips, one of which was the power of making it known that you are interested in board positions. This, together with the confidence and insight I had gained from the course, meant that I have since been put in touch with contacts on two of the boards I am most interested in."
3. Draft a Board CV
This process will help you identify your unique value-add to the boardroom and articulate it succintly. Use our Board CV articles to shape your draft and subscribers should look in our Subscriber-area for template CVs to draw on.
Women on Boards offer our subscribers a 1-on-1 Board CV review for individual feedback on their draft.
If you are targeting more competitive positions, we recommend participating our Board CV Masterclass to ensure you do yourself justice a candidate.
These informal events provide insights into the non-executive world and information about sectors you might want to target. They are also a great chance to meet other aspiring and current non-executives - and to practice that all-important elevator pitch in a friendly environment.
5. Take 10 minutes a week to look at the board vacancies.
We know many of the women in our network obtain board roles found via their network, but many secure positions they saw on our Vacancy Board (available to subscribers-only). It covers non-executive roles across all sectors and requiring all types and levels of expertise. Every week we send our subscribers an email summarising the roles currently listed on our website and this will begin to give you a flavour of the variety of positions available.
Our final recommendation is, of course, to subscribe to Women on Boards. Review the benefits here.
We know it works! Our On Board listing shows the latest women in our network to secure a new board role. Let us know if we need to add your name!
And remember, finding a board position takes persistance and determination. Just take a look at our latest Success Stories for inspiration on how different women have approached running their personal boardroom campaign.