Director Resume & Writing Guide

Last Updated on March 16, 2022


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Director Resume Writing Guide

Resume Sections

  1. Contact information
  2. Profile Summary
  3. Work History 
  4. Achievements
  5. Education 
  6. Skill Section
  7. Certification & Licensing

What to Highlight in a Director Resume

Research has shown that you can expect that a recruiter usually will have a brief look at a resume for at least 6 seconds before moving on to the next one. This is incredibly short, and yours need to impact its reader in a few seconds 

That sounds a little harsh. Because on the contrary, you spend days and hours, and even weeks crafting your RESUME into the perfect document.

And then, after all this griding and working on your RESUME, the recruiter gives it a glance, and if not impressed will most probably read the next one on the list. This is harsh and unfair, but we approach it as a challenge to craft your RESUME so that you can capture someone's attention in a matter of few seconds. 

We know that content and format is vital, so here we go:

FIRSTLY: Have a look at our suggestions for best practices when it comes to getting your RESUME layout right:

Keep it on one page – opt only for 2 pages if you're confident you can't summarize yourself in 1 page. Don't waste your precious RESUME space telling readers about your life story – they most probably won't be interested.

Heading sections: compose it clear and be consistent throughout – Keep the colors, font size, headings consistent so that it's easy to read, and we, therefore, suggest you use a font that stands out, but not too much. Do use: Ubuntu, Roboto, Overpass, etc., and stay clear from ever using comic sense.

White-space – Leave enough margins and space between the text. This helps the text flow and allows the reader's eyes to break between paragraphs and lines. 

Keep all your details clear – pick the right font size (14-16pt for section titles, 11-12pt for normal text)

SECONDLY: Start by mentioning the company's size and turnover and then elaborate on the organization's industry, product offering, or service solutions. Also, note what forms its main revenue-generating channels.

NEXT, briefly explain the scope of your experience in technical terms (your industry knowledge), a financial perspective (your experience with budgets, cash flow, balance sheets, shareholder reporting, audits), operational aspects (sales, logistics, procurement, customer service, marketing), as well as a human resources perspective (supervising people, organizational development, talent management).

THEN, provide proof that you are well able and confident to communicate and collaborate with others, delegate tasks, evaluate performance, and monitor the managers' progress entrusted to you. Well-sought-after traits for a director include being flexible and quick in responding to changes occurring within the company (micro) and industry (macro) environments. 

FINALLY, show your capabilities with numbers, targets, and timelines relating to company turnover, expenditure, expansions, and return on investment figures. Historical data is vital, and by mention these, you can help prospective employers to see that you are instrumental in assisting the organization in achieving its goals and targets.

Director Career Summary & Objectives

The career summary/objective is the differentiating factor that either lands you on the decline pile or the shortlisting pile. Keep your career summary/objective concise and to the point with factual information and steer clear of flowery language and overuse of adjectives.

Your career summary should include four things: Years of experience, industry tenure, a distinguishing wow factor, and most essential qualifications. As an additional trick, incorporate the job description keywords to tailor your career summary to the advertised role. If your resume resonates with the job description, you will immediately stand out as an appropriate contender for the job you are applying to.

You want your summary to be memorable; make sure you mention how your previous experience will benefit the current you're using. You should also include the following information:

  • What can you do bring to the table? How will you be able to help them?
  • How will my past experience and background fit into the organization's environment and culture?
  • How can you help them grow while maintaining personal goals?

To decide on the most relevant wow factor, think of a specific project, activity, or strategy that added value to the company you employed. 

If you choose the career objective option:

  • Career objectives need to include your ambitions/ goals. 
  • It will be smart to write that you specifically want to work for the company you are applying to and that you are a team player and want to be part of their team. 
  • After you've answered questions like those, include key proficiencies and experiences that prove you're the person for the job. 
  • Preferably use a resume objective if you don't have as much experience at higher levels. 

The objective statement will highlight your career goals to prospective employers and gives them a chance to view your past accomplishments.  


Summary Example 1

“Experienced Director driven to achieve results through strategic planning and professional relationship building. Successful in developing positive alliances between leaders to drive growth and achieve goals effectively. Focused on building strong teams within an organization through motivation, strong development, and excellent practices.

Summary Example 2

“Expert marketer and art director; passionate about innovation, creative, and results-driven. Managed and oversaw several campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and delivered results resulting in expansion of customer base and retention. Enjoy participating in conceptual design, strategy implementation, and team management. Striving to always execute campaigns flawlesly. Evenly comfortable with both print and online publishing in the marketing industry.“

Summary Example 3

Focused program director passion for lifelong learning and program enhancement. Share a love for early childhood development programs. Have distinguished experience in management of daycares and schools in the public and private sectors. Trainer in instructor evaluation and student engagement.

Summary Example 4

Desirous of a Director position at XYZ Company to utilize 12 years of top management experience. Offering sound business knowledge and practice, an excellent judge of character, and proven strategic decision-making skills to further the company's operations.

Director Employment History

Potential employers scouting for a director want to read about your specific proven foundational duties and skill sets, and this part of your resume is where you can really brag a little bit about yourself, use this section to your advantage and plan carefully how you want to portray yourself and show what you do and are capable of doing. 

Start with your work experience and make sure there is enough solid information to grab attention. Write about your capabilities, what you do and what you are responsible for. Do not be shy but also do not oversell yourself or elaborate to the extent that it might come over as too good to believe. 

This is the MAIN section of your RESUME and where most HR recruiters jump to when looking at your RESUME. 

Be aware that the pressure is on when you write this part because for most recruiters, this will be a deciding moment about your application, and if they want to move forward to the next phase.  of whether you'll get hired or not, so the pressure is to get this part as close to perfect as possible.

Use the reverse chronological order format. You must include your employment tenure, job title, company name, and a bullet point list of job duties: 

Be mindful that this can be a bit tricky when trying to give a summary of your work experience, especially when you have many years of experience. 



(May 2016 – January 2023)

Tasked to develop the sales department into a strong, sales-orientated team with incentive plans for individuals and teams, as well as promoting a proactive sales force engagement for sales divisions across all regions amounting to 1500 employees in total

  • Responsible for good practice drive in the company, helping line managers to implement the company’s goals for good practice and self-development
  • Managed to double the engagement scores for the largest region of operations within the 18-months since taking up the responsibility and measured by organizational engagement and culture surveys
  • Nominated to be part of TAP (talent acceleration program) for employees across international affiliates 
  • Listed as one of the top 3 participants in the TAP program with a special mention of managerial competencies 

(February 2014 – November 2016)

Headed the team responsible for midterm financing planning and decisions and responsible to report on the financial statements of the company to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis

  • Acquired a new accounting program and assisted in the rollout of the new controls and financial processes across departments  
  • Manage the daily financial responsibilities of the company, in charge of cash flow and decisions related to short-term cash
  • Assisted human resource with payroll and year-end tax reporting
  • Responsible for the company’s compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Assisted in fundraising events and oversaw fundraising projects and reports
  • Handled the legality and administration of all donations and year-end reporting on company donations to tax authority

Director Job Descriptions, Responsibilities, and Duty Examples

Below are further job samples you may copy and use in your resume

An Executive Director may:

  • manage marketing and strategic business functions 
  • assist HR in the overall management of staff and internal company communication 
  • assist HR in the hiring process of new staff, or in the firing process when necessary
  • responsible to keep a firm hand on business assets and acquisitions
  • participate in contract negotiations
  • drive the strategic direction of a company

A Non-Executive Director may:

  • provide independent advice and objectivity
  • play a part in monitoring executive management. 
  • carry out a specialist position on a part-time basis or for their expertise in specific activities
  • be objective about the company and its performance to be able to give constructive feedback to the board 
  • contribute with valuable business connections 

Highlight Your Accomplishments

Be proactive and diligent by not merely copy and paste the list of duties you performed as a Director Under your experience section. This may be a sign of laziness to the reader, and you definitely won't stand out and make an impact. It can also be viewed as sloppiness. 

Aim to amplify the skillset that uniquely distinguishes you from the rest. Ask yourself the following questions: what you are most proud of, or what have you accomplished in your previous roles that saved the company time or money (and made them money, of course), and communicate these through action-packed statements that are eye-catching and sets you apart from your peers.


Flat, Simple Duty:

  • Responsible for improving technology systems

Accomplishment Statement:

  • Worked closely with the CEO to evaluate a variety of technology systems and customize a platform to incorporate these systems' best functionalities in one consolidated application to standardize operating procedures across 30 business entities.

Quantifying Your Resume

Adding numbers, timelines, percentages, and ratio quantify your experience for potential employment companies. It also shows proof of your skills and experience. For example:

  • If you saved the company time, by how much and within what timeframe
  • If you improved annual profits, provide percentages to showcase the revenue increases
  • If you reduced costs, give a percentage or a dollar value for savings generated

Examples of unquantified achievement statements for Directors

  • Demonstrated  growth for a portfolio of different brands in the organization
  • Achieved specific quotsa in 2013
  • Directly responsible for leading half of the company’s sales force, 
  • Responsible for setting and executing a regional strategy to drive revenue in 2014

Makes zero impact right? Now look what happens when we quantify them.

Examples of quantified achievement statements for Directors

  • Demonstrated 87% growth for a portfolio of different brands in the organization
  • Achieved 119% of a specific quota in 2013
  • Directly responsible for leading half of the company’s sales force, including six regional managers and 25 sales staff
  • Responsible for setting and executing a regional strategy to drive $1B in revenue in 2014

Director Education Section

The education section in your director resume’s main aim is to establish that you have all the necessary and proper training to be a director. Because directors lead and play an important part in teams, your education and training will need to reflect leadership roles as well as experience in working within teams.

 Below is an example of how this section can be formatted and organized it director resume samples.

  • Start by listing your most meaningful education relevant to the applications. It most probably will include your bachelor's or even an associate's degree. 
  • Always remember to name the institution as well as its location together with the degree’s name. 
  • Also do not forget all the details of any courses and certifications you have completed that will be relevant to directorship. 
  • You can also list any licenses you have acquired, especially if there are preferential and necessary for a state, country or region. 

If you are busy studying and therefore still enrolled in an institution, you must include this information and make sure you also give the anticipated graduation date. 

A functional resume gives you the opportunity to really focus on your educational background and you can expand on it in this section. 

Looking at your years in school, you can also mention a few projects you were part of that can show relevance to the role of a director, again keep all leadership roles in mind!

The education section is also an excellent  to add any certifications you have received throughout your career. 

Here are some examples of a Director's educational repertoire: 

2019 – Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance, INSEAD Business School, Online

2018 –The Board Director's Programme, Henley Business School, United Kingdom

2010 –Management Excellence Certificate, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2009 – Critical Thinking Principles Course, American Management Association (AMA), Los Angeles, CA

2005-2007 Masters in Business Administration, Harvard University, MA 

2002-2005 Bachelor of Financial Accounting, University of Arizona, AR 

What to Write in a Director Resume Skills Section

The management field requires specific technical skills, but because managers work with people and are part of teams, employers also scrutinize features, called soft skills. These are the main types of skills that indicate your suitability as a Director who will add value, have adequate knowledge, sufficient experience, and motivate and inspire teams. Incorporate these into your summary or profile and your accomplishment statements.

Technical Skills Examples

  • Educational Attainment: An MBA degree is a non-negotiable qualification for most Director roles. In technical environments such as engineering or manufacturing, a degree in Engineering is highly advisable. Further qualifications in Financial Management or Economics will also increase the probabilities of landing a Director position. 
  • Technical Aptitude: Directors need to be process orientated to create operational plans, guide new business development strategies, and establish suitable financial protocols. In conjunction, strategic thinking and analytical skills are of utmost importance in a Director role.
  • Managerial Ability: Directors are continually facing the ups and downs of company performance cycles. Therefore, astute leadership and operational skills must steer the company and its employees in the right direction, correct deviations, and inspire a positive company culture. 
  • Other Technical Skills: Capital Structure Analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions, Policy Development, New Business Development, Change Management, Profit and Loss (P&L) Improvement, Integrated Engagement Planning, Strategic Planning, Budget Control, Marketing, Research, Analytics, CRM Systems, Quality Control, Report Writing, Board Presentations.

 Soft Skill Examples 

  • Leadership
  • Collaborate
  • Communication Skills
  • Competitive
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Driven
  • Flexible
  • Judgment
  • Passion
  • Accountable
  • Dedicated
  • Work Ethic
  • Balanced
  • Creative
  • Negotiate
  • Enthusiastic 
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Motivated
  • Proactive
  • Mentoring
  • Organized
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Attention To Detail
  • Business Acumen
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Financial Planning
  • Motivated
  • Multitasker

Qualifications/Certifications associated with Directors 

Jack Welch Executive Master of Business AdministrationMasters in Business AdministrationPh.D. Business Management and Leadership
Executive Leader Graduate CertificateInternational Directors ProgrammeAdvanced Certificate in Corporate Governance
Certificate in Global Management StrategiesMSIT – Project ManagementMaster in Service Leadership & Innovation
Management Excellence CertificateMaster's program in Strategic Leadership Critical Thinking Principles Course

Optional Extras for Director Resumes

As it stands, you've created an incredible resume for Directors. You can, however, make it even better:

You can bet that all the other applicants will include the same core resume components (Director profile, education, job history, education, etc.).

This section can tell the hiring managers more about who you are and give them insight into your personality type. The person studying your resume might find this section so interesting that it will add to a positive review of your resume and play a positive part in favor of your application. 

We have some great optional sections listed below:


Prestigeous certifications, accolades and awards – keep relevance in mind

Social media:

for instance, if you are a Facebook Blueprint certified marketer you can write it down!


Be honest with your language proficiences, it is not worth the consequences to lie about it. 

Hobbies and interests: 

This is sort off a show-and-tell section. Write about your hobbies, interests and what excites you! Keep it real and unique 

Also consider the following:

  • What interests you? 
  • What makes you an unique individual?

Give an overview about your personal achievements within your hobbies and interests, for example, if run marathons (something you should be proud of), you can include that in your hobbies; you might just have something in common with a recruiter reading your resume 

Side projects show your passion and dedication. They can help you make up for any lack of experience in a particular field or display your passion for the job.

*Pro Tip: If you're going to include optional sections within your RESUME, make sure they're relevant, are non-offensive, and paint you in a positive light – either professionally or through your personality.

Professional information for Directors 

Sectors: Various
Career Type: Operations, Company Management, Top Management, Executive Management
Person type:  Leader, Motivator, Manager, Controller, Coordinator, Creator, Implementor
Education levels: Masters' Degree and upwards
Salary indication: Average of $ 150 000 per annum (Glassdoor)
Labor market: An estimated average of 4% growth between 2019 – 2029 (BLS)Organizations: SME's, NPO's, Federal, Government, Fortune 500, Listed Entities, Commercial, Private Enterprises, Public Companies, Multinationals

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