If you’re interested in a Corporate Board position, start with a charity. There are many not-for-profit organizations needing volunteer leadership. Serving on the Board of a community foundation or smaller charity can lead to a seat on the Board of a non-profit which manages millions in funds, giving you experience while you give back to your community or cause.
Do make sure your current employer is on board, as a Board position for even a small non-profit can be time-consuming. Most employers are pleased to have you serve, as it increases their reputation for charitable works while it polishes valuable skills in their employee.
Not sure where to find the right non-profit for you? Take a look at www.boardmatch.org, an organization that matches people with skillsets to the charities that need those skills.
Once you’ve demonstrated competence and experience in the not-for-profit side of Board responsibilities, you’re ready to add those skills to your resume and begin a job search for the right Corporate Board position for your skills and interests. Executive Recruiters love seeing Board experience on your resume, as it is a great selling point!
Be aware that a Board Resume and Board Cover Letter are very different from a standard resume and cover letter. Not sure of the difference? I specialize in Board Resumes, and can help you pull together the right information in a format that will catch the eye of hiring influencers on any Board candidate search.