TQs, PTQs, and MTQs (Technical Qualifications, Professional Technical Qualifications, and Managerial Technical Qualifications)
What Are TQs?
Potential employers scanning a pile of resumes will quickly focus on Technical Qualifications (TQs) in a resume that provide them with a snapshot of that person’s ability to perform a specific job. TQs include having in-depth knowledge of computer software or hardware, operating specialized machinery, or hands-on familiarity with processes necessary to complete learned tasks.
If, during a job interview, a potential employer asks about your core competencies and your “technical qualifications,” the interviewer may want to know about your computer/software/hardware skills versus other skills you possess that are not related to computer technology.
What Are PTQs?
Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) refer to the addition of professional or vocational qualifications to your list of TQs. These involve elements of practical training that are industry-specific and meant to promote improvement and development of special skills pertinent to definitive career paths. Some PTQs may require certification or some type of diploma indicating the person has completed accredited courses, practica, or a series of seminars providing instruction on a particular professional qualification.
What Are MTQs?
Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) are exactly that—mandatory. If you are applying for a job that is highly specialized, such as a Jet Aircraft Mechanic or Nuclear Physicist, there will be certain MTQs hiring executives will expect to see listed on your resume.
Senior Executive Service Resumes
SES is a job classification found only in the Civil Service area of the U.S. federal government that may be compared to Flag Officer or General Officer rank in the U.S. Armed Forces. SES TQs, SES PTQs, and SES MTQs should include detailed summaries of experiences, resolutions to specific problems, as well as the following SES Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, and Building Coalitions.
How to Write Technical Qualifications: 20 Tips for Writing Effective TQ/PTQ/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 (CCAR) model.
- Each TQ, PTQ, 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 technical qualifications needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service.
- Address the fundamental competencies over the course of the complete TQ, PTQ, or MTQ narrative.
- Never combine any of the TQs, PTQs, MTQs, or competencies.
- Never address a TQ, PTQ, 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, PTQ, MTQ, or competency.
- Avoid a “laundry list” of activities without context, actions, or accomplishments.
- Focus on your vision for the organization, rather than your own personal vision.
- Focus on your recent experience, education, and training. Some reviewers consider experience that’s more than 10 years old to be stale.
- Highlight awards or other forms of recognition that relate specifically to a TQ, PTQ, 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, PTQ, or MTQ or competency.
- Include relevant formal education or training that has enhanced your skills in a particular TQ, PTQ, MTQ, or competency.
- Don’t forget to include examples of special assignments and details.
- Include special technical 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, etc.).
- Show measurable results, especially in terms of improved customer service, increased efficiency, productivity, or money saved.
- Take ownership of your examples by using the word “I” in your statements.
- Check out our book, Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service, for guidance.
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