KSAs (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES STATEMENTS)
THE NEW GENERATION OF KSA’S IN THE RESUME
In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response, hiring agencies want you to include in your work history clear, concise, and supported evidence that describes how you meet the requirements of the answer you chose for each KSA in the online assessment questionnaire. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. ANSWERING KSAs
Your KSA answers will be cross-referenced to the answers you give in the online assessment questionnaire to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate. Your answers may be adjusted, as appropriate, and you might even be eliminated from consideration if hiring agencies don’t see support for your answers in your resume.
KSA’S IN THE RESUME: WE CALL THIS THE “KSA-DRIVEN” RESUME
This change has given “birth” to the “KSA-driven” resume, which puts the responsibility on you to include in your resume, supporting all claims of KSA knowledge within the resume. This is integral in determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the vacancy announcement, and whether you are found to be “Best Qualified.” Therefore, it is important to thoroughly explain what you have accomplished and how you did it. In other words, if you say it, prove it!
WHERE DO KSAS BELONG IN THE RESUME?
KSAs integrated into your resume should be developed in a truncated summary form [using the CCAR (Challenge-Context-Action-Result) format, and we like to include this in the Additional Experience section of the USAJOBS resume. We also call the KSAs in the KSA-driven resume “mini-KSAs.” It is also perfectly fine to integrate the KSAS into the body of the job block with your USAJOBS resume in paragraph form, using a headline statement such as the KSA question followed by your CCAR response in no more than two or three lines.
Even after reading our interpretation and explanation of the KSA-driven resume and mini-KSAs, you may still be confused! If so, you’re not the only one. Despite their confusion, using KSAs correctly is a very important part in supporting your experience for a specific job.
We write hundreds upon hundreds of KSA-driven resumes and even more mini-KSAs each year. Our writers completely understand how to achieve the best results by integrating KSAs into your resume. We’ll take the guesswork out of this process for you.
Many use different acronyms for these statements of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, such as KSA, KSAs, KSAS, KSA’s, KSAO, KSAOs, and KSAO’s, but they all mean the same thing.
Most federal vacancy announcements state that you do not have to respond separately to the KSAs; however, the Best Qualified candidates DO respond, and have the KSA-driven and mini-KSAs included in their federal resumes.