As we have discussed in several help sheets, joining a Board or Committee can lead to enormous personal benefits and rewards, allowing you to help make a difference to your community while gaining new knowledge and skills and expanding your networks.
But how do you get onto a Board?
A good first step is to read the introductory help sheets, which will help you to get clear in your mind what Board service entails, what you are likely to get out of it and what you may have to offer a Board.
The next step is to join the Victorian Women's Register.
The Victorian Women's Register is an online database of women interested in serving on Victorian State Government, community and not-for-profit Boards and Committees.
The Register has two main functions:
You can register your details and create a 'board profile' on the Register. All you need is an active email address. The operators of the Register will send you email alerts of Board and Committee vacancies and other opportunities, as they arise.
The more details you provide about your skills and expertise, the more chance you will have of being considered as a candidate for Board positions.
Information is kept under the Information Privacy Act 2000 provision. It is released to others only after permission has been obtained from each member. You will be required to give this permission when you join the Register.
Women represent half the population in Victoria but continue to be under-represented in public life. While the representation of women on Victorian Government Boards and Committees has increased in the last decade, there is still some way to go before equal representation is achieved.
Women have extensive skills, diverse experience and a range of perspectives that they can bring to public life and shape the future of Victoria.
By putting your profile on the Victorian Women's Register, you will improve your chances of finding a Board or Committee position.
Being on a Board or Committee will enable you to make decisions that may decide the future directions of important Victorian organisations.
What do I put in my resume?
Board positions require a high degree of professionalism. When building your profile on the Victorian Women's Register, include information as if you were applying for a job.
Prospective Boards need to know about your background, education, work experience, skills and specialties. Include any experience you have had with the not-for-profit or government sectors and any interest areas, as success in gaining a Board position may rely as much on interest as experience.
When preparing a resume for a Board position, try to keep it short and easy to read.
Preparing for an interview
If you are approached to take part in an interview for a Board position, there are some other points you need to keep in mind. It is an unfortunate fact that many women are prone to underselling their skills, experience and abilities. To avoid this common stumbling block to securing a place on Board, keep the following tips in mind:
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