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Leaning into the Senior Executive Service

CareerPro Global’s SES team has assisted more than 4,000 SES applicants, most of which are GS-15s, corporate executives, or senior military officers. We also sometimes see GS-14s step up and apply for SES positions—especially those with a former corporate or military careers. In addition, we are seeing more agencies push their GS-14s to begin learning about, considering, and preparing for the SES early.

Not only does this proactive approach help with leadership development and succession planning, but it also has another huge benefit. Specifically, when a GS-14 goes through the process of developing their ECQs (or anyone, for that matter), he or she will inevitably struggle to demonstrate their experience in certain areas.

As such, they get the benefit of learning about the ECQs, while doing a self-assessment through the lens of the ECQ competencies. The strengths or weaknesses identified can serve as a professional/executive development blueprint for the next few years. In addition, the ECQs are often used to frame annual performance plans and appraisals for senior executives, so it is never too early to begin thinking about one’s career through that lens.

We have developed two first-of-their-kind online ECQ courses to provide students with the proven best practices, mindsets, and exclusive ECQ builders to select and share their top career accomplishments in the most effective way, and to concurrently benefit from the self-evaluation aspect of the process.

The courses are designed for individuals or organizations who want their up-and-coming executives to be empowered and educated to “do it themselves” and have the option to get professional feedback on their ECQs.

You can learn more and sign up at this link: SES Writers

You can also follow this link to sign up for some free online ECQ training and resources: Career Pro Global


Lee Kelley is an Iraq war veteran, former Army captain, and author, who now serves as the Senior Writer and Executive Coach on CareerPro Global’s SES team. Leveraging the company’s vast expertise in assisting thousands of SES and federal job seekers, Lee has personally developed hundreds of resumes and more than a thousand ECQs. He is also the Director of Training and Veteran Transitions, and has provided USAJOBS resume-writing workshops to hundreds of federal employees and military personnel. In addition, Lee co-authored the book Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service: How to Find SES Jobs, Determine Your Qualifications, and Develop Your SES Application. His latest book is titled Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World’s Most Amazing Helicopter.


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