Boardroom Tools

Board Résumé Writing Tips

By NACD Staff


New Director Director Recruitment Boardroom Tool

In brief: Developed by search professionals with leading practices in mind, these writing tips help directors strengthen their message to demonstrate their value and skill sets to a board and ultimately bring more visibility to their candidacy. An effective résumé can also ensure that all search professionals can easily find you. Use these tips to create a board résumé that also serves as a marketing tool highlighting your personal brand and unique experiences. 

A board résumé is the marketing tool in which you present your personal brand, built throughout your career.

When composing your board résumé, a format that is clearly organized, consistent, and contains the vital information presented below will keep the reader (nominating chair) engaged and give you a great advantage in landing your next board seat.


  • DO NOT add your objectives. DO add a brief summary statement (about three to four lines) at the beginning of the résumé which describes the value you bring to a board and to an organization. Distill your value through a leadership lens. Include the scope of your job responsibilities, public and private company experience, international experience, and any special skills you may possess. Remember to keep the tone professional.
  • In summaries of your professional experience, include a one-line description of the organization; note whether each company was public, private, or nonprofit; include the firm’s annual revenue (if applicable); and include your title, role, tenure, and highlights or accomplishments.

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