Here are examples from actual Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) essays written for the Results Driven and Business Acumen ECQ categories. These ECQ writing samples address the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR); as well as the respective core competencies required for each of these specific ECQs. The stories are written and told through the “lens” that OPM specifically requires.
The purpose of our ECQ examples is to demonstrate how to begin to tell a story in support of the specific Results Driven and Business Acumen ECQs and respective core competencies. Of course each applicant will tell their own story through the “lens” of OPM requirements. We hope you find these examples enlightening on how the depth and complexity of each ECQ are written. The examples of core qualifications provided have been altered to shorten the respective ECQ eliminating the entire story and various competencies.