If you fall into this category, you are pursuing a corporate board position, not a “job.” Paid board positions are a highly desired “plum,” and the résumé and cover letter need to reflect that distinction. I help you present yourself as a valuable resource to the board of directors for companies of interest. That often involves initial contact with a selection committee of some sort, with possible expectations including particular areas of strength you can bring to the board to help round out its membership makeup. I keep that in mind as I’m developing your materials and offer suggestions on how to approach the challenge whenever appropriate.
You can contact me by whatever means is most relevant and works best for you—sending an email or scheduling a call is the method most often used and most effective. Our interactions from that point on depend on your individual situation, but my overall goal is to determine your career-related search needs and prepare a customized project quote that can start us off effectively. Once we have a green light on your project, we can map out a plan from there.
In any case, I provide as much personalized attention as possible throughout our communications and our work together. Expectations at this level tend to be high, and I exert every reasonable effort to meet your expectations—and, as much as possible, exceed them.
I particularly aim to gain a clear understanding of what you’re looking for in terms of board opportunities, what you feel your advantages and disadvantages would be, and so on. When I have that, I work with you to customize your materials and presentation based on my understanding of what you have to offer and what the role requires. If you have a specific company board in mind, it’s useful to know that at the outset so the materials can be framed appropriately.
The benefits and outcomes you can expect from working with me include materials and guidance targeted to your situation that will help you navigate your board search and position yourself well to handle interviews. I serve as a discreet “partner” to help smooth the process and minimize roadblocks you might encounter. Although I can’t guarantee what responses you will receive, I do believe you will be well positioned to enter this competitive arena.
P.S. The above information assumes that you are not trying to obtain a board seat with a nonprofit organization. Their expectations and desired qualifications share some similarities with corporate board requirements but are also distinctly different in certain respects.