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[Excerpt] What does my resume look like?

Most organizations are looking for board members who have more than just leadership experience. A growing nonprofit might be looking for a board member with a strong IT or social media background who can help improve online fundraising. A company that’s investigating new growth strategies might want an M&A expert. Look for board openings where your specific skill set could have the most value.

As for your actual resume, the old Word doc that helped you land your last job all those years ago probably needs a refresh. Generally, you’ll want to keep a board resume short and highlight your highest-level responsibilities and accomplishments before retirement. Be sure to add any “board adjacent” experience you have, such as serving on committees or task forces. It also might be a good idea to let a friend, family member, or colleague who’s successfully landed a job more recently review your final draft before submission.

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