Write your best accomplishments in the CCAR format!

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CCAR Accomplishments can be used for 4 applications in government:
  1. SES Executive Core Qualifications Narratives
  2. Accomplishment examples for your Federal Resume
  3. Accomplishments to practice and speak in your Behavior-Based Interview
  4. Accomplishments to add to your annual Performance Evaluation

You can see examples of Accomplishments in the Federal Resume Guidebook. And you can see SES ECQ Accomplishments in The New SES Application.

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SAMPLE CCAR:  See an example builder output for a Biological Wildlife Technician who catches a New Mexico Jumping Mouse to prove experience as a Study Project Leader, Biologist and knowledge of collection of Environmental Species. This “story” accomplishment will be added to his resume to match several KSAs for a target position. Expand the tab below to read the sample.

Sample CCAR

Candidate: Ryan Jones

CCAR Accomplishment Story

Title of your Accomplishment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


As the Lead Biological Technician at Lincoln National Forest in 2021, I was tasked with inventorying Zapus Hudsonius – New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse. This is a candidate species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


The challenge was that there was very little known about the critter. Extremely trap shy and there was no formal protocol put into place for this inventory project. There was a time limit because of a lawsuit produced by Wetland Degradation for a private land owner who wanted water from the Wetlands owned by the Forest Service.


  1. Implemented a protocol for trapping the population. This protocol involved trap spacing, size of traps, and bait to be used for the trapping.
  2. Led and trained a team of four biological science technicians within the wetlands to set out approximately 200 traps. Trained in capture techniques and species identification.
  3. Caught two of the species, and referred the information to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for help with the decision to list the Jumping Mouse on the endangered species list. Developed a data sheet, analyzed data and wrote reports on the findings. Presented information about the project to community groups.


Within 2 months, captured two species, prepared the report for possibility of endangered species and determined suitable habitat for the species for future conservation.

Your work-related accomplishments can help you get Best Qualified, Referred to a Supervisor, Selected for an Interview. The accomplishments can help you successfully carry out a Performance Based Iinterview (PBI), and feel confident that you are a valued employee!

Start writing your accomplishments now with our CCAR Accomplishment Builder. It’s easy, just type your story in the fields and hit SUBMIT. The results will come to your email immediately and it will look GREAT! The CCAR Accomplishment story-telling format is a popular accomplishment and interview story model recommended by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Human Resources Specialists in government. Tell your story with each step of the way!

The CCAR Model

  • Context – Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
  • Challenge – Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Action – Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
  • Results – Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization.
  • Write the title of your accomplishment story here. The title of your accomplishment will help you remember this for a job interview, your ECQs or your resume.
    Example: Saved $10 million for my agency.... or Created a new program.
  • Your title and office and dates where you achieved this accomplishment.
  • What was the challenge? Be sure to relate the challenge to the particular accomplishment. Was it the first time this had been done? Were there very tight deadlines? Was there a shortage of staff?
  • Actions

    What specific action(s) did you take to address the challenge? Did you research something? Did you answer difficult questions before a hostile audience? Did you figure out how to do more with less?

  • What happened? (quantify with numbers if possible) Was the problem solved? Did you save money? Did you reduce processing time; if so by how much? Did you receive an award? Did your supervisor or customers make positive comments to you? Is there a performance evaluation comment which discusses your success?
  • Next, you will receive your CCAR Accomplishment in your email within a few minutes!

    Good luck with your Federal Resume, Annual Evaluation, Behavior-Based Interview, or SES ECQs!

    We recommend that you write 5 CCARS to get ready for the interview or the new Federal Resume!

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