Why is the NED CV different to a executive CV? We look at three key reasons in our latest blog
In recent years, the non-executive job market has become highly competitive. The role offers numerous benefits, including flexibility, the opportunity to share expertise with multiple businesses, and the chance to work across a multitude of sectors, so it's no surprise that many professionals choose to make the move. If you’re one of the many individuals looking to stand out from the crowd and secure your first non-executive role, it’s vital that you have a tailored CV. An independent board advisor CV is different from an executive CV in a number of ways and in this blog we’ve summarised three key reasons why you should look at it differently.
Personal branding is a key focus
When first thinking about branding, it’s a good idea to consider businesses and their brands. Like Nike with its famous tick or Mcdonalds and its golden ‘M’. Similarly, as a non-executive, you should really be thinking about your personal brand. Just like a business, your brand is what brings all your different qualities together into a cohesive and targeted message. Throughout your CV, you should be trying to portray your unique brand, what you can bring to an organisation and what sets you apart from other candidates. Many different factors contribute to a personal brand, from the way that you present yourself online, to the way you communicate with others, to the impact you’ve had in your industry. You should make sure that you have a clear idea of your personal brand, or at the very least the version of it you want to present to a prospective employer.
Non-executive skills and proficiencies
Even in executive-level positions, board committees will do a quick scan of your CV before getting into the details. To ensure you stand out as a non-executive director, you need to understand, and evidence, your core skills and proficiencies. You’ve likely developed many high level skills over the course of your career and these are what you need to focus on. You should leave out cliche phrases such as “good communication skills”, “good teamwork” and “reliability”. At this point in your career, it goes without saying that you should have these skills. You should also give an account of your leadership experience. There are many people in lower and middle management who can justifiably claim to have leadership experience, so consider how to highlight the qualities that make you a good leader at board level.
Your financial skills and business impact
While promoting your transferable skills is important and will help the board committee to determine what sort of non-executive you will be, metrics and figures will help the committee to understand the quantifiable impact you can have on a business. In applying for a more senior role, you’re going after a position which will have a significant influence on a company. You want to be able to demonstrate that you can make positive changes, and numbers can be a quick and effective way to drive the message home.
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