A fail-safe CV stress test

A credible board CV is a necessity for senior executives keen to move up the ladder. There are a number of factors that should be considered to ensure a faultless application.

BHP Billiton chair Jac Nasser believes getting boardroom experience is a good step for senior executives wanting to move up the ladder.

Addressing an Australian Institute of Company Directors event this May, he said: "Many of us have gone through an organisation and risen through the ranks over many, many years and never really understood the environment of the board. So I encourage senior executives to join, say, one board.”

Performance and industry knowledge alone are not enough for a directorship. Board processes, liabilities and dynamics differ significantly to corporate management. The shifts involve moving from execution to oversight and from operational tactics to strategic analysis.

As pointed out in my previous article, 'Board Games – becoming a director' (May 1) if you are confident you can enter the fray, you need to get noticed. This includes messaging your aspirations and capabilities to your networks and to search firms. To be taken seriously you need a credible board CV.

Getting your resume right is difficult and time-consuming requiring considerable thought and focus. Then there is the issue of varying and differing preferences of search firms and nominations committees.

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