If you’re applying for a position as a senior executive with the federal government, you need a top-notch SES federal resume in order to be interviewed for a senior executive position.
When the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) of 1978 was written, the people who framed it envisioned the Senior Executive Service (SES) as a corps of senior executives with solid executive expertise that valued public service and had a broad perspective of government. They intended the SES to be a body of executives, not a group of technical experts. The point is that successful candidates for SES jobs should function well as executives–and executives are paid to oversee technical experts, not to compete with them.
Leaving aside for the moment the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that define the competencies required for entry to the Senior Executive Service and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, … Read More