How to write a perfect application on Boardio
TIPS FROM BOARDIO RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS: HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
On average, we receive 8 applications for each advisor or board member search on Boardio, but in some cases, even over 40 applications. This means that the initial selection is very much based on your application and your LinkedIn profile.
While a LinkedIn profile typically does not include all the details relevant to the search, the application text is crucial to advance to the next phase. Here are some tips from our experts on how to write a perfect application.
FOCUS ON THE NEEDS THE COMPANY HAS
If the company is looking for someone with previous SaaS experience, explain what kind of experience you have in that area. If your application does not mention any SaaS experience, it indicates that you do not have any. Consequently, you may be left out of consideration. Usually, the requirements are clearly stated in the ad, making it easy for you to stay focused.
FOCUS ON HARD FACTS INSTEAD OF PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
At this stage, if the company is looking for someone with SaaS experience, it makes no difference whether you are good with people or not. The final selection is almost always based on personal characteristics, but you won't make it to the finals based on personal characteristics alone.
MAKE IT SHORT
Usually, a few sentences are enough if you focus on the most relevant points. If you write more than 10 sentences, you have lost focus.
- Copy and paste your LinkedIn profile text into the application or, even worse, your full CV.
- Apply with a generic sentence like "I have all the skills you are looking for." If you do not tailor your application, it shows that you are not genuinely interested in this opportunity.
- Use AI to write the application for you. Rather show your interest by using 5min of your time to write the application yourself.
A good, concise application demonstrates that you have carefully read the ad and taken the time to consider how your background and interests align with the requirements. This indicates your interest in the opportunity, and in many cases, interest is equally as important as your background.