TQs and MTQs
Technical Qualifications and
Managerial Technical Qualifications
Twenty Tips for Writing Effective TQ or MTQ Statements
- Focus on leadership and include managerial and technical abilities; all three are important, but leadership is more important.
- Follow the Challenge-Context-Action-Result model.
- Each TQ or MTQ or competency should contain specific, job-related experiences with specific accomplishments.
- Focus on what you have accomplished personally, but don’t exaggerate.
- Show that you have the qualifications needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service.
- Address the fundamental competencies over the course of the complete TQ or MTQ narrative.
- Never combine any of the TQs or MTQs or competencies.
- Never address a TQ or MTQ or competency by referring the reader to other parts of your application (e.g., resume).
- Avoid using an identical example for more than one TQ or MTQ or competency.
- Avoid a “laundry list” of activities without context, actions, or accomplishments.
- Focus on your vision for the organization not your personal vision.
- Focus on recent experience, education, and training. Some reviewers consider experience that’s over 10 years old to be stale.
- Highlight awards or other forms of recognition that relate specifically to a TQ or MTQ or competency, e.g., “Human Resources Manager of the Year.”
- Include non-Federal experiences (e.g., private sector, volunteer and professional organizations) if they support the TQ or MTQ or competency.
- Include relevant formal education or training that has enhanced your skills in a particular TQ or MTQ or competency.
- Don’t forget to include examples of special assignments and details.
- Include special qualifications if relevant to the position sought: public speaking, publications, languages spoken, membership in related professional organizations or scientific societies, or expertise in a technical area (e.g., budget, information technology).
- Show measurable results, especially in terms of improved customer service, increased efficiency, productivity, or money saved.
- Take ownership of your examples by using the work “I” in your statements.
- Check out the book “Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service” for guidance.
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