As an individual seeking employment with the
Federal government, at some point in the application process, you
will be asked to write essay statements, which
demonstrate your knowledge, skill or ability to perform in a
specific job. These essay statements (better known as KSAs)
come in all shapes and sizes, but they ALL
require the applicant to clearly write (in a narrative format) how
well they meet specific job requirements.
Some common KSAs that you may come across
could include your "Ability to communicate orally" or
your "Ability to communicate in writing."
If applying for a specific occupation, such as an Information
Technology Specialist, you may be asked to write about your "Knowledge of a wide range of computer techniques, requirements, methods, sources and procedures, and knowledge of system software."
Maybe you're a Human Resources Specialist and need to respond to
your "Knowledge of federal position classification
sufficient to classify a variety of positions." Or, you're
an Administrative Assistant who needs to show your "Ability
to plan, organize, and direct office activities to maintain
No matter what the KSA is that you are
asked to address, how well you respond WILL be the difference
between getting called in for a job interview or finding your way to
the 'not qualified' list.
Since 1992, we have been publishing our
popular books, The KSA Workbook and The KSA
Sampler, which not only take an applicant through the KSA
writing process, but provides dozens of sample KSAs to help you
learn how to craft a job-winning KSA.