The Difference Between a Standard Federal and an SES Job Posting

April 4, 2007 – 8:11 am

Getting hired for a Federal government job in the old days meant using a very long, boring form called an SF-171, standard form 171 I government lingo.  Getting entry-level or mid-level government jobs in the 21st century, thankfully means using the new Federal style resume, allowing use of the computer and word processing software and more individual creativity.  Going past the standard Federal level and into upper management or executive positions with the Federal government requires looking at the Senior Executive Service, a pay grade in the civil service, and using the SES resume packages these higher level positions require.The Office of Personnel Management says that the SES is “charged with leading the continuing transformation of government…possess well-honed executive skills and have a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the constitution.”  Designed as a corps of executives, these are key positions just under those appointed by the President.  As expected, the SES resume can be quite long and detailed when compared to a standard Federal resume, and especially when compared to a private sector standard resume.  It also generally includes the ECQs, or Executive Corps qualifications, responses to specific questions relating to the position applied for, generally not more than ten pages, and separate from the SES resume itself and the cover letter.If seeking an executive level federal job is important then getting assistance in preparing an SES resume from a team that specializes in writing this high level of resume is essential.

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