Table: So You Want to Be a Director

Here's how to improve your shot at landing a board seat:

1 Enhance your Credentials

Wait for a big promotion or award, or serve on a charitable board before starting your search

2 Network

Put out word of your interest to professionals and directors who may have the inside track on open slots

3 Target your Search

Concentrate on companies where your skills or knowledge of a particular industry would be a good fit

4 Call a Headhunter

Seek out search firms retained to fill vacancies or with programs to find candidates who have never been a director

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