Our targeted support will change the odds on your success.
What makes us unique is the personal support we offer our members to get into the boardroom - whether it is your first non-executive role, a step up to more competitive paid roles or a final position to complete your portfolio. You are in the driving seat but we know targeted interventions at key points along the way can make all the difference - so we offer them.
We offer Board CV Support and Pre-Interview Support
Board CV Support
Writing a non-executive CV that does you justice takes time and requires insight into what board members actually do. We will help. We can't write it for you, but we offer a range of guidance to enable you to draw out your board relevant skills and articulate them succinctly in the format recruiters want to see.
“NED CV’s matter. They are not career bios. No, you will not get recruited purely on your CV...It is the interview that really matters but the NED CV can be the enabler.” Paul Drechsler CBE
“Your approach was so interesting and new to me. Usually working on my CV is a chore I avoid but you inspired me.” (Our member following her 1-on-1 Board CV Review)
- Our Building a Board CV online course - This interactive e-learning walks you through creating your Board CV. It is included in our Full Membership, or available to purchase separately.
- Board CV Review webinar - Review *real* Board CVs selected from the webinar participants' drafts (optional to submit) to illustrate what works and what might need more consideration.
- A 1-on-1 Board CV Review - Submit your draft Board CV for honest and constructive feedback from one of our team of CV reviewers. They are all experienced NEDs who have been involved in board recruitment to enable them to bring a ‘real-world’ perspective to your document. This Review can be purchased individually or with a one-off mentoring session in our Mini Mentoring package (discounted price for Full Members), or is included in our Board CV Masterclass (below).
- Board CV Masterclass - An in-depth, highly practical session for those targeting the more competitive roles. You will work with your peers to identify and articulate your unique value-add to the boardroom. Includes a follow up 1-on-1 Review. The Masterclass’ price is discounted for full members.
“My completely re-written CV following the Board CV Masterclass was a critical factor in my success, I know.”
We also have some introductory insights into developing a Board CV in our Resource Centre.
When you get an interview for a board role, good preparation is key. Whether you are looking for a conversation with someone experienced with the type of board you are interviewing form or would like some in-depth support on your presentation techniques for interview, we can help.
Pre-interview connections - We offer our Full Members a 1-on-1 pre-interview connection with someone who understands that sector to run through the issues which may come up for that particular board and how to do yourself justice as a candidate.
"Thank you so much for your help earlier this week, it really was so helpful and reassuring to talk to you. The interview went really well and I have already been offered the role of Trustee. Thank you so much for your help."
Our ability to make the right connection for you when you get a board interview is a key part of Women on Boards' "secret sauce". Our network includes people on boards in every type of sector, so we will do our very best to connect you with a non-executive with similar experience. Whether you have an interview for an academy or college; an NHS Trust; a public body like the Environment Agency, Ofgem or Kew Gardens; an AIM or FTSE listed board; or a charity, we can help ensure you understand the strategic issues in the sector and help you put your best foot forward on the day.
"Thank you for taking the time to chat with me about the interview - my confidence was low after a bad recruiter interview experience last year and the worry of turning up heavily pregnant for an interview and it made such a difference and really made me feel positive about the interview so thank you!"
Our 1-on-1 Pre-interview connections are available to our Full/Corporate Members only for capacity reasons. We offer a pre-interview connection for each and every board interview secured. We ask for as much notice as possible to arrange a mutually convenient time, but are usually able to arrange support even for last-minute interviews. Do let us know your timescales when requesting your pre-interview connection.
Full/Corporate Members only: to arrange your call, simply get in touch here (email@example.com).
1-on-1 Communication Skills - Our individual Communication Skills coaching sessions can be focused on preparation for a key interview.
With a highly qualified and experienced communications coach, these in-depth sessions hone in on particular techniques that will enhance your presence and impact - even in a virtual context. Find out more
Please note - Availability for our Communication Skills coaching may be limited within certain time frames, so please do get in touch if you require a session at short notice: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3925 4080.
We also have some general guidance on how to prepare for board interviews in our Resource Centre.