Practical advice for gaining a non executive director board appointment
by David Schwarz
There are many things in life that you cannot prepare for but the board appointment process is not one of them.
Non executive board directors often describe finding their first directorship as an arduous and time-consuming process. More experienced board members, suggest finding subsequent board roles equally challenging. For these reasons, the biggest mistake most people make when considering their board career is not starting the process early enough and not understanding how board appointments are made.
Regardless of your approach, the process of finding and being appointed to a board takes a certain amount of skill and practice. This book provides practical advice, clearly written, to help get you on a board. Specifically, it looks at how to:
1. Define your board profile.
2. Write a board resume and cover letter.
3. Create personal connections that lead to board appointments.
4. Work with executive search firms.
5. Write a board application.
6. Respond to board interview questions.
7. Do your due diligence once offered a role.
A Board Director, ex-international headhunter, non-executive recruiter & board career counselor. He has interviewed thousands of potential and existing non-executives and placed hundreds into some of the most significant public, private and NFP roles in the world. He firmly believes that there is a board role for all professionals and that beginning a board career should not be difficult. David has also been quoted as a CV expert by: MyCareer, News.com.au and on Channel 10′s ‘The Project’. His understanding of the non-executive recruitment process and how individuals find roles has resulted in Board Direction (www.boarddirection.com.au) and this book. David is also the MD of Board Diversity (www.boarddiversity.com.au) - a boutique consultancy providing board governance reviews.