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Why Joining a Board is Great for Your Career

Posted by Resume Strategists on Jun 28, 2017 11:10:42 PM

As an executive or experienced professional, you’ve heard that serving on a board can be highly beneficial for your career. Perhaps you’ve already been approached to serve in this capacity or are considering a search – be it for a corporate entity, advisory board or nonprofit – and you’re enticed by the potential benefits. However, since pursuing a board role requires a considerable investment of time and effort, you may ask yourself: is the payoff worth it?
In short, yes. A board position provides professional development and personal growth, which can fuel career advancement and strengthen your personal brand. With a board role, consider that you will:
Strengthen your reputation
When selected to serve on a board, an organization entrusts you with a vital, high-impact role. It’s a public endorsement of your expertise and value. This affiliation is one you can communicate and promote, raising your professional profile among your peers, within your organization and across your industry. By extension, your board affiliation can enhance the brand of the organization for which you work. Taken together, these factors may strengthen your candidacy for a promotion or new role and increase your value in the workplace.
Grow your network
In addition to meeting other board colleagues, it will provide a wealth of opportunities to meet influential, intelligent and well-connected people. You may engage with an organization’s strategic partners, investors or clients, as well as colleagues and leaders across industries. As you become acquainted with new people, be sure to engage them in meaningful ways. It's important to cultivate these relationships, as they can be quite valuable when you’re ready to pursue the next step in your career.

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Topics: Board of Directors, Board Appointment, Career, Joining a Board, First Board Appointment, Retired, Advisory Board

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