How to Write Technical Qualifications on Resumes: SES TQs, PTQs, & MTQs

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How to Write Technical Qualifications: 20 Tips for Writing Effective TQ/PTQ/MTQ Statements

  1. Focus on leadership and include managerial and technical abilities; all three are important, but leadership is more important.
  2. Follow the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model.
  3. Each TQ, PTQ, MTQ, or ECQ should contain specific, job-related experiences with specific accomplishments.
  4. Focus on what you have accomplished personally, but don’t exaggerate.
  5. Show that you have the technical qualifications needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service.
  6. Address the fundamental ECQs over the course of the complete TQ, PTQ, or MTQ narrative.
  7. Never combine any of the TQs, PTQs, MTQs, or ECQs.
  8. Never address a TQ, PTQ, MTQ, or ECQ by referring the reader to other parts of your application (e.g., resume).
  9. Avoid using an identical example for more than one TQ, PTQ, MTQ, or ECQ.
  10. Avoid a “laundry list” of activities without context, actions, or accomplishments.
  11. Focus on your vision for the organization, rather than your own personal vision.
  12. Focus on your recent experience, education, and training. Some reviewers consider experience that’s more than 10 years old to be stale.
  13. Highlight awards or other forms of recognition that relate specifically to a TQ, PTQ, MTQ, or ECQ —e.g., “Human Resources Manager of the Year.”
  14. Include non-federal experiences (e.g., private-sector, volunteer, and professional organizations) if they support the TQ, PTQ, or MTQ or ECQ.
  15. Include relevant formal education or training that has enhanced your skills in a particular TQ, PTQ, MTQ, or ECQ.
  16. Don’t forget to include examples of special assignments and details.
  17. 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.).
  18. Show measurable results, especially in terms of improved customer service, increased efficiency, productivity, or money saved.
  19. Take ownership of your examples by using the word “I” in your statements.
  20.  Check out our book, Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service, for guidance.

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