Are you considering SES for 2016?
This book is a MUST for writing your SES application package.
Released this month on www.resume-place.com, The New SES Application, 2nd Edition, delivers up-to-date info and proven strategies to deal with the Fed’s complicated Senior Executive Service applications.
The complex SES application process is a big hurdle for busy executives to jump over. And it’s become even more challenging with all the options available to agencies for Senior Executive Service application formats under recent reforms. In her 2nd edition of the best-selling book on the topic, The New SES Application ($21.95), Federal Resume Guru Kathryn Troutman and her co-author Diane Hudson cut to the chase by giving applicants a jumping off point that gets them immediately on the right track. Then the authors show how to adapt this initial effort through a series of stages resulting in the needed application pieces. Along the way in their Guide, Troutman and Hudson deliver insider tips and info that orients the reader by providing the lay of the land and possible pitfalls.
“We start them out with writing down their Top Ten accomplishments,” says Troutman. “This approach to writing the narrative ECQs is popular, friendly, doable and results in impressive and on-point leadership stories. Thank you David Letterman for making the idea of ‘the Top 10’ so popular.” The author adds that this method was developed over decades of directly training SES applicants in her workshops.
According to the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), the Senior Executive Service “includes most managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above General Schedule (GS) grade 15 or equivalent positions in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.” Executive jobseekers from federal service, military and private industry are eligible. All current open SES positions are advertised on the USAJOBs website.
Troutman advises that applicants study each USAJOBs announcement carefully to see what application materials it requires. Federal agencies now have a choice of using one of three processes for filling SES positions: the traditional application format, the resume-based format, and the accomplishment record. She notes, “In our book, we only address how to write the traditional and resume-based formats. However, with all the techniques and tips we provide, you’ll be prepared to address any of the application formats or requirements that you may encounter.”
After the initial assignment of writing the Top Ten Accomplishments, The New SES Application walks the jobseeker through all the intricate steps:
- Understanding the CCAR (Challenge, Context, Action, and Result) Model for accomplishments and the 28 Leadership Competencies that must be addressed in the application
- Writing the Traditional Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
- Composing the Technical Qualification narratives (TQs)
- Building out the Five-Page SES Federal Resume from the two-page executive resume
- Creating an Executive Cover Letter for OPM (if needed), and
- Preparing for the Structured Interview
Detailed case studies and samples for all the application pieces provide a sense of what’s necessary (many presented as “before” and “after” needed adjustments), the preferred formats, and best practices for producing everything.
“The Top Ten accomplishments become the ECQ narratives, resume material, and stories for the structured interview,” Troutman points out. “It’s kind of amazing that this Top Ten method can make such a difference in the presentation of an executive’s past performance. But it works.”
Other features of the book include:
- A “Leadership Journey” chart to consult to see if the jobseeker has the necessary experience and what skills might need to be added to be considered
- Sample USAJOBs announcements and how to interpret them
- A sample 5-page executive resume for Theodore Roosevelt (Troutman says she included it because “it’s fun and his accomplishments are so impressive.”)
- Common reasons applications are rejected and ways to address the objections in order to reapply.
Troutman states that the SES applications need to reflect the current challenges in America. “In today’s world, the application pieces need to be written about individual leadership, keeping America safe, staying within budget, and providing Americans the services they need, as well as the daily operations of a large government agency,” she says.
It can take a jobseeker 20 hours or more to write the SES application package on their own. Troutman’s firm also offers consulting, writing and training services for time-pressed executives who need support beyond the book.
The New SES Application, 2nd Edition is available now in both print and eBook from www.resume-place.com. It will also be available on www.amazon.com beginning in January 2016. Troutman’s award-winning array of other titles on the federal job search can also be found on both websites.More information and ordering
Free Introductory Webinars
Troutman is offering free 30-minute webinars to introduce the new book. These free webinars are open to the general public and will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, and Tuesday, January 12, 2016, both at 12:00 noon ET. Register Now
About the Book:
- December 2015
- 8.5″ x 11″ | 160 pages | Charts, Illustrations, Application Samples
- ISBN-13: 978-0-9846671-5-4
About the Authors
Kathryn Troutman is internationally recognized as the “Federal Resume Guru” by jobseekers and federal human resources specialists. She created the federal resume that became the accepted standard after the government application form (SF 171) was eliminated in 1995. Kathryn is a prolific writer, popular government agency trainer, and in-demand consultant, and she heads up both The Resume Place and the Federal Career Training Institute.
Diane Hudson is an experienced federal resume writer and consultant with the Resume Place and Federal Career Training Institute. She has expertise in SES applications.More information and ordering