Prepare Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) Responses
The new ECQ’s are based on extensive research of the attributes of successful executives in both the private and public sectors. They are a collaboration, reflecting the best thinking of many senior executives and associations, as well as agency human resources professionals. The new ECQ’s are:
- Leading Change
- Leading People
- Results Driven
- Business Acumen
- Building Coalitions/Communication
We prepare professionally written ECQ responses based on your experience, education, and training. We are experts at writing strong, clear, coherent essays to greatly increase your application rating. We write responses in such a way that they can be used again for similar job openings. Just send us a copy of your resume and a link to the job announcement and we can get started. Full service writing, developmental editing is appropriate for the first-time ECQ writer or the executive who has a set of ECQs drafted already.
Successful ECQ Writing
ECQ is an acronym that is important to those seeking SES jobs with the federal government. ECQ stands for Executive Core Qualification, and it is essential that you write a quality ECQ as part of your job application. Each ECQ has five components, and is a required portion of a federal government application.
ECQs that are of a high quality and that properly represent your qualifications for the job to which you are applying give you a huge step up in your job hunt. Federal recruiters use ECQs to establish if candidates are of the right personality type and have the right skill set that they are considering for certain jobs. It is essential, then, for you to write an excellent ECQ to ensure that your application stays at the top of the recruiter’s list.
Each ECQ that you write should be between one and just over one page long. When writing, keep in mind that you should use examples that are as specific as possible so that the recruiters better understand exactly what your abilities are. You must also be sure to use your own voice, but not write casually or carelessly. It is also absolutely essential that you not have any grammatical or spelling mistakes in your ECQs.
One way to begin writing your ECQs is to use a method called CCAR. CCAR stands for:
Challenge: State the problem that you faced and the goal that had to be met.
Context: State the job that you were in and the type of people you were working with as you were tackling your challenge.
Action: Describe the specific steps that you took to overcome the challenge and reach your goal.
Result: Specifically describe the results of the actions that you took and how they led to the goal. This shows that you follow through with your work and that you can meet goals that are set.
ECQs are very detailed and must be done well for a federal job recruiter to spend any time at all reading them and truly understanding the applicant. If you try to write your ECQs by yourself, it is likely that you will end up spending over three hours on each individual ECQ as you try to edit and revise each one. There are professional ECQ services who can help you, though. Not only will this ensure that your ECQ is well-written, it will make them tailored to the wants and needs of the federal job recruiters and hiring teams.
Successful ECQ writing will make or break your application. SES jobs are some of the most sought after positions in the federal government, and as such much is demanded of the applicants. By formatting your ECQs correctly and writing them effectively you will be helping yourself much as you seek one of these top positions in the federal government.