5 Ways a Board Resume is Different from an Executive Resume

Here’s a hard truth: the resume you’ve used to get you to your current CEO, COO, CDO, CFO, CMO, CIO, CTO, or other CxO executive position won’t cut it when it comes to landing your first (or next) board seat. The two documents have highly differentiated audiences and must be specifically targeted to each purpose.

A CEO resume’s job is to highlight your quantifiable accomplishments and provide the context of your employment experience. A board resume, on the other hand, presents your entire career history and overall leadership profile, leaving off most of the metrics-driven achievements you’ve learned to highlight in the past.

The sections of a board resume will look very similar to an executive resume—professional summary, core strengths, board involvement, career history, education, publications, etc.—but here is where they differ.

Board Resumes vs. CEO Resumes

  1. Board resumes summarize high-level leadership ability, describing the things that make the board candidate a good leader with a spotlight on emotional intelligence, mindful intelligence, and grit/resiliency.
  2. Board resumes blend personal and professional values with the board and company values, specifically showing the overlap between the two parties.
  3. Board resumes provide more details about an individual’s independent thinking and thought autonomy, going above and beyond an individual’s tactical experience.
  4. Board resumes go beyond revenue growth figures and take the leadership aspect a step further with a focus on strategy, governance, and values-based decision-making.
  5. Board resumes cover soft skills and the board candidate’s overall leadership profile, which are not necessarily measurable or quantifiable.

Adapting your existing CEO resume to target board positions will take more than tweaking a few keywords. If you are considering your first or next board role and need a board-ready resume, book a complimentary and confidential call with us here.

Mary Elizabeth Bradford is the Founder and Executive Director of CEOresumewriter.com and Maryelizabethbradford.com and a past executive recruiter. A thought leader in the career services industry for over 20 years, she holds 5 distinct advanced certifications for senior-level resume writing, online branding and executive-level job search coaching (CERM, CMRW, CARW, MCD, NCOPE). She has been seen and heard in major media including Forbes, Time, WSJ, Newsweek and NBC affiliate stations. She holds 2 CDI TORI awards and is a top tier judge for the elite CDI TORI awards for four consecutive years. Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s elite team of award-winning, certified, top executive resume writers, former top executive recruiters, and global HR executives help many of the world’s premier C-suite, board members and thought leaders secure the transitions and compensation packages they want. She works with clients all over the globe.

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