Frequently Asked Questions About ECQs:
What are ECQs and why are they required?
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are the leadership skills, designated by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), required for entering the Senior Executive Service (SES). The statistically validated OPM ECQs have served as the foundation for selecting and developing federal executives across government for over 14 years. Using the ECQs to appraise and recognize federal executives will complete a holistic approach not only for selecting and developing federal executives, but also for appraising, recognizing, and retaining a diverse cadre of high-performing federal executives. With the ECQs as a framework, the federal government can ensure a performance management system applicable to all executive-position responsibilities and performance expectations, as well as maintain a balanced emphasis on strategic leadership and results. Below are the five OPM ECQs.
What are ECQs and why are they required?
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are the leadership skills, designated by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), required for entering the Senior Executive Service (SES). The statistically validated ECQs have served as the foundation for selecting and developing federal executives across government for over 14 years. Using the ECQs to appraise and recognize federal executives will complete a holistic approach not only for selecting and developing federal executives, but also for appraising, recognizing, and retaining a diverse cadre of high-performing federal executives. With the ECQs as a framework, the federal government can ensure a performance management system applicable to all executive-position responsibilities and performance expectations, as well as maintain a balanced emphasis on strategic leadership and results. Below are the five OPM ECQs.
- Leading Change—This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
- Leading People—This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
- Results Driven—This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
- Business Acumen—This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
- Building Coalitions—This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
How can your company help?
CareerPro Global/www.SESwriters.com has leveraged 30 years of career expertise successfully developing executive federal applications. As an Quality Management System driven company we have developed an ECQ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that is incorporated into every ECQ we develop. Your Executive Core Qualifications will be developed in compliance with the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result (CCAR) model, incorporating all 28 core and fundamental competencies required by OPM and the Qualifications Review Board (QRB).
What are the most important characteristics of ECQs?
The most important characteristic required in each Executive Core Qualification we write is content that is rich with examples that will crystallize your leadership skills and demonstrate how they can contribute to building a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions, both within and outside the federal agencies. You will not find a more experienced team of SES ECQ writers that is current with all federal agency development requirements and that will deliver a hard-hitting and interview-winning set of ECQs.
How many examples per ECQ are recommended?
You may choose as few as one or up to two examples per OPM ECQ narrative. If you choose one strong example that covers every factor required in the particular ECQ, then one is sufficient. If you have several examples that cover some, but not all, factors, but combined, cover all factors, then you can use up to two examples.
What is the process and what is expected of me during this process?
- OPM states in its SES guide that you can expect to devote 80 or more hours to develop your ECQs. Most executives do not have the time to spare, or the immediate knowledge of all the fundamental technical requirements, to put together a strong ECQ package. Not an easy task—even for the most accomplished writer.
- We require up to 10 or more hours of your time, as this is an interactive process, and at least 7 to 14 business days to develop your ECQs.
- Your Master Federal Career Advisor and Senior Executive Writer will call you to provide a comprehensive career consultation regarding how to select top executive leadership stories and organize your thoughts through the lens of OPMs QRB.
- Our signature ECQ builders will be emailed to you with instructions.
- Your Career Advisor and Executive Writer will remain available to you for questions throughout the development process of your ECQs. You will be providing with coaching, example selection assistance, and writing instructions through the ECQ draft development.
- Your Executive Writer will then ghostwrite each ECQ, ensuring the CCAR formula is followed and each core and fundamental competency is addressed.
- Next, your ECQs will then be sent to our in-house proofreaders/editors.
- A draft of your five ECQs will be presented to you for review, discussion, and any changes required.
- Ten business days are authorized after initial delivery of your ECQs to make additional changes.
What is the fee for the set of five ECQs?
Executive Core Qualification writers can take several hours to assist you in fleshing out five executive leadership stories and five or more hours each to write each ECQ. Our fees are priced individually and fairly. Our Master Federal Career Advisors will provide you with a free quote. 800-471-9201
How successful is your company in writing ECQs?
CareerPro Global, Inc. is the only company in the Career Services Industry that employs a defined Quality Management System with a detailed SOP to ensure the production of quality deliverables. To date, we have ghostwritten 3,500 sets of OPM ECQs and have not had one set requested by the QRB for those selected for an SES position. We are extremely proud of our track record.
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