The Difference Between KSA's and ECQ's

by fred 8. February 2010
Most people do not know the difference between KSA's and an ECQ's.  KSA  essays are usually mandatory when it comes to applying to most government positions. Submitted along your government resume they allow the Federal hiring manager to assess your knowledge, skills and abilities for the position you are applying to. Typically 3 to 5 KSA essays will accompany a vacancy announcement.  These essays may be of a general or of a particular nature and a good KSA answer will use specific examples from the applicant’s professional past when.

ECQs are for Senior Executive Service and accompany the SES resume for senior level government service, which includes the highest government positions.  According to the Federal government, the Executive Core Qualifications “define the competencies and characteristics needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization.

The Executive Core Qualifications are required to apply to the Senior Executive Service and are used by many agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions.” Each of the 5 answers will be one to one-and-a-half page long, and will allow the applicant to spotlight experience attained through use of examples.

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