Senior Executive Service: The best time to apply? NOW!
July, 11, 2016
Finding Senior Executive Service (SES) positions on USAJOBS is easy. In fact, there’s nothing to it; just click on the link and hundreds of positions are instantly at your fingertips. Applying for a position is a much different story. However, it’s not impossible—as long as you qualify and can document those qualifications.
Most SES positions require three things: An SES Federal Resume; narrative responses to Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs); and responses to Technical Qualifications (TQs), Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), and Desirable Qualifications (DQs).
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are the foundation of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Applicants must prove their executive experience in the context of these requirements. Each ECQ has specific competencies that must be addressed to fully meet the requirements of each. There are a total of 22 competencies identified for each individual ECQ.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is the highest level of civil servants in the federal government. For perspective, these top-level positions are considered on an equal level with general officers in the military. The SES was created in 1978 under the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA).