Concise, relevant and factual. Yet also personal, engaging and polished. Preferably on one impressive page.\n\nThat what your resume should be when it lands in front of the board of directors considering you for that open seat.\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s about how you brand yourself and tell your personal story,\u201d says Jean Holley, former CIO of Brambles and an experienced board director. \u201cBe real about who you are. You have to highlight the value you would bring to the board.\u201d\n\nAs a board member for the past 14 years at a publicly held data security company, Holley chairs the governance committee and regularly reviews slates of candidates. She\u2019s also held free \u201cboard readiness\u201d workshops for small groups of executives across her professional networks in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.\n\nIn one of those workshops, she set out the ideal ingredients for a board resume. She says applicants should:\n\nHere\u2019s an example of how one former CIO who now sits on several boards succinctly introduces himself at the top of his board resume: \u201cSeasoned Chief Information Officer (CIO) with 30+ years\u2019 experience in IT leadership, setting the overall strategy for enterprise architecture, applications and infrastructure. Changed the trajectory of the company by leading the complete transformation of IT to focus on business outcomes, world-class governance, and global collaboration. CIO to three highly accomplished CEOs.\u201d\n\nResume, bio or both?\n\nOne recent trend in board searches is a greater demand for a traditional resume format instead of the narrative bio form, says Rochelle Campbell, director of the recruitment practice at the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD). \u201cOn a resume you have to demonstrate the data. I tell everyone I talk to that you need both: a good board bio and a resume.\u201d\n\nAnnabelle Bexiga, a retired Fortune 100 CIO and veteran director of public, private and nonprofit boards, made use of NACD\u2019s resume resources to simplify the task of revising her executive resume. "They have a sample board director resume, and I reformatted mine according to that,\u201d she says. \u201cBasically, you want to highlight your boards first and career experience second.\u201d What kind of career expertise do boards look for on candidate resumes? That list runs the gamut from C-level experience in specific industries, finance or enterprise risk management, to demonstrated leadership in strategy, information technology, international management or corporate governance.\n\nUltimately, boards are looking for specific talents and skills to fill in whatever gaps exist in their own expertise.\n\nPotential candidates can spot those gaps \u2014 and improve their own chances \u2014 by examining the published board bios. "Say you want to join a board in a certain industry. Study that industry, and look at the bios of the other board members,\u201d Holley recommends. \u201cThose bios will be written in the culture of that company, and they\u2019ll be consistent.\u201d \n\nExecutive CV vs. board resume\n\nAn executive career resume is more likely to be chronological, highly detailed and skills-focused. \u201cCareer resumes are really about how much money you will make for the organization, the ROI of hiring you,\u201d says Brenda Bernstein, author of How to Write a Stellar Executive Resume. Technology leaders can demonstrate those numbers through the results of successful IT modernizations, large change initiatives such as digital transformations, and before-and-after examples of technology implementations that improved efficiencies. \u201cThere is ROI in all of that work,\u201d Bernstein points out.\n\nBy contrast, a board resume must showcase broader business acumen and judgment in multiple domains. \u201cBoard resumes are more succinct,\u201d says Melanie Steiner, chief risk officer at PVH Inc. She recently joined US Ecology\u2019s public board. \u201cMine was a one-pager, covering what I did and where I added value.\u201d To prepare it, she collected and studied a number of board bios from connections in her network and then worked with professional writers who specialize in creating board documents. \u201cIn the end, it\u2019s about who you are.\u201d\n\nAlong with demonstrating leadership qualities and business accomplishments, what else should board candidates emphasize? "Finance, finance, finance. That\u2019s the big one,\u201d adds Bernstein. In working recently with clients on their board documents, Bernstein has noticed that \u201cpeople want more numbers on their board resumes."