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Options for Writing Your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

Okay, so you’ve talked to your mentors and peers, and you’ve done some initial research. You have decided to apply for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions, and you now realize the inevitable—you need to develop your ECQs.

 You may have noticed that this is not a simple process, and you may have questions. Most people benefit from having a coach and professional writer in their corner; in fact more than 3,500 SES candidates have turned to us for support over the past decade.

Below are a few options you may want to consider:

  1. Write them yourself without any kind of expert support. Some people obviously choose this option, but we know from experience that by going it alone, you are much more prone to miss out on important best practices and concepts that can position you for success.
  1. Write them yourself using our proven best practices. We offer an online training course called “ECQ Best Practices.” At your own pace, and in the convenience of your home or office, one of our expert trainers will teach you the proven best practices you need to know. This will help shift your mindset in regards to how to think about and approach your ECQs. You will also be provided with exclusive tools that will make it much easier and more manageable to select your best career stories and then develop them in the most effective way possible. Click here for more information.
  1. Write them yourself with expert feedback. We also offer an online training course called “ECQ Mastery,” which includes all of the great training and information from Option 2 above, but takes it to another level. Once you follow the process of selecting and writing your career stories, you will submit them to a member of our ECQ coaching and writing team, who will provide up to two rounds of expert feedback and guidance to improve your ECQs. Click here for more information.
  1. Partner directly with one of our ECQ coaches and writers. This option is our exclusive premium service in which one of our ECQ coaches and writers will work with you personally to select and write your top career stories. Next, your writer will revise your stories, integrate best practices, and present them to you for review. You will then work with your writer in making any desired changes until you feel that your ECQs represent you and your top accomplishments and that you can submit them with confidence. Call our career coaches today at 800-471-9201 for more information.


Lee Kelley is an Iraq war veteran, former Army Captain, and author who now serves as the senior writer on CareerPro Global’s writing 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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Tags: Senior Executive Service, SES



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