SES Resume Writing Dos

Do you think you know how to write a resume? If you're writing an SES resume, also known as a "senior executive service" resume, you may not.  That said, chances are, if you're in the running to write this type of resume, you certainly are a seasoned professional and therefore need just a few tips to know how to write one.


Nonetheless, even if you are absolutely qualified for a position, you may get rejected outright for a job just because you don't know how to write your resume correctly. Give yourself a chance to get seen by making your resume right the first time, so that it will actually get a serious look, thus giving you a much better chance at an interview and therefore the job itself.


An SES resume is unique because for one, you are applying for a senior executive service position for the federal government. It's your only chance at getting an interview, and you'll first need to prove yourself on paper.
 
Do:
 
·    Include everything as requested
 
An SES resume is more than just the resume; it actually contains four different parts.  It includes:
 
o      A cover letter
o      The resume itself (the SES resume)
o      A detailing of your executive core qualifications
o      Technical and managerial qualification statements
 
Each of these is very specific and serves a different purpose.
 
·    Include your "executive core qualifications" in exquisite detail
 
The "executive core qualifications" are actually five specific things the federal government has specified to be necessary abilities and skills if you want a senior executive position for the government. The specific qualifications include: business acumen, being results driven, focused on building coalitions, leading change, and leading people. Be as detailed and specific as possible and show as clearly as possible how you address each of these. This is the most important part of the application.
 
·    Address everything in as much detail as possible
 
For most people who are writing a resume, the resume is just a "foot in the door" to get to the interview. Therefore, it should certainly detail your experience enough to pique a perspective interviewer's interest, but it doesn't have to be exquisitely detailed. For most positions, the interview is where the details get filled in, while the resume is just a snapshot. Not so with the SES. For all of the sections listed above, we detail is what counts. You're not going to get an interview unless everything is there.

 

Gail Esparan