creating a resume for the directors resume

  • Date:01 Sep 2005
  • Type:CompanyDirectorMagazine

Creating a résumé
for the Director’s Register

The new Directors Register software has been receiving great interest from those looking to appoint new directors, so it is the perfect time to ensure your résumé will help win a board appointment.
The software performs sophisticated contextual searches of résumés to match directorship criteria, so it is important that your résumé is both current and sufficiently detailed with your board experience and achievements.
AICD has enlisted the help of Tom Hannemann of Advance Yourself Career Services, one of Australia’s leading experts in executive résumés, who has outlined the makings of a successful résumé at director level, specifically with the Directors Register format in mind.
Briefly outline your key career objectives as a board member, including the type of roles, industries or commitments you would ideally like to be involved with.
Provide four to eight tightly-written bullet points at the beginning which succinctly summarise and capture your experience at board and executive level, areas of expertise and areas of achievement.
They should be factual and emphasise the key aspects of your career that make you a valuable asset to a board. Avoid generic claims about your personal attributes. They are difficult to substantiate and can unwittingly bias the reader against you.
Board membership
A chronological listing of your board membership, starting with your most recent appointment:

• Position title: Name of the organisation (month/year commenced – month/year departed), together with a 10-20 word synopsis of the organisation’s activities, markets and size.This enables the reader to quickly assess your experience and background against their requirements.
Some organisations bestow idiosyncratic position titles which mean little to outsiders and may not correctly reflect the nature or stature of the role.
If this applies, use position titles that have a common meaning.
You may wish to include a brief synopsis of less well known organisations you have worked with. Indicate (where appropriate and possible) the annual revenue or operating budget and/or the number of employees, particularly for less well known organisations.
Board experience and executive employment
As well as detailing your board experience, it is also necessary to provide a brief summary of your executive employment, to enable a prospective board to assess your experience and achievements within industry sectors.
In reverse chronological order, outline:

• Position purpose: Provide two to three sentences encapsulating the underlying purpose or essence or focus of the role. It answers the question: “Why did/does the role exist and what contribution does/did the organisation expect from the role?”
• Accountabilities: Indicate three to six key outcomes for which you were accountable. Include the level at which you operated, the types of decisions you made and the results you were responsible for achieving.
• Achievements: Indicate two or three key achievements or contributions and the impact or benefit of what you did. Achievements do not need to be quantitative, but the impact or value must be apparent.
Position these near the end of your résumé unless you are interested in opportunities for which specialist credentials are mandatory or would be highly regarded. Qualifications are usually not your biggest selling point, particularly if you obtained them 15-20+ years ago.
Provide these later when you are in serious contention.
If you are not a member of the Directors Register,
now is the time to join. For further information
about the Directors Register, to download a registration form or to request a search of
the Directors Register visit