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Since it's first press run in 1992
The KSA Workbook
(A guide to presenting your Knowledges, Skills and Abilities)
 has been one of our "Best-Selling" publications.

What are KSAs?

They call them ranking factors, rating factors and evaluation factors.  They call them evaluation criteria or high quality criteria.  They call them job ranking elements or just job elements, but mostly they call them KSAs, and they are considered a plague by nearly every job seeker attempting to move into or up through the ranks of today's civil service.

KSAs ... Knowledges, Skills and Abilities ... that list of special qualifications and personal attributes that someone has decided you should have in order to fill a particular job.  It's not enough that you meet the basic qualifications for the position and have the specialized experience that's required.  It's not enough that you have a polished and up-to-date applications package that clearly lays out all your experience and expertise.  Now you have to put more time and effort into developing a "supplemental statement" a set of responses to these additional evaluation factors that may be relevant only to this job vacancy.  And you have to do it in time to meet an incredibly short application deadline. Grumble, grumble.

Consider yourself lucky.  For the serious federal job hunter, the growing use of KSAs in federal vacancy announcements represents an excellent opportunity to match yourself to a job's requirements and significantly increase your chances of being hired.  By carefully crafting your supplemental statement to respond to an opening's KSAs, you can mirror back to the hiring officials the very talents and traits that they have defined as essential to job performance.  It's clear that KSAs can work to your distinct advantage in the competition for federal employment.

Whether you agree with this assessment or not, the expanding use of KSAs is a development you can't ignore.  KSAs (or sometimes KSAOCs, with OC added for "Other Characteristics") are part of an increasing number of federal job openings being advertised today.  A quick survey of dozens of vacancy announcements, representing a cross-section of federal agencies, occupations and grade levels, show that well over half the job openings now include KSAs that must be addressed specifically in addition to any required application form.  The elimination of the SF-171 as the required format for job applicants has led to even greater use of KSAs as agencies attempt to match the right candidate with the right job.

Just as KSAs are sometimes referred to by other labels, the document you submit when you respond to a position's KSAs can go by many names.  Some agencies ask for a "supplemental experience statement"; others want applicants to provide a "qualifications narrative" or a "supplemental experience questionnaire."  Some agencies don't bother to label it at all.

So if we agree that KSAs have become a fact of life for federal job hunters, the question is what to do about them.  We'll answer that in this workbook.

We'll tell you ...

what KSAs are ... what they're supposed to do .. and why they are important, now more than ever.

We'll look at ...

how KSAs are developed (where they come from) ... how they are used (where they go) ... and who uses them.

Most importantly, we'll tell you, the job seeker ...

how to interpret KSAS and respond to them.

We'll talk about ...

good and bad KSA responses, as well as good and bad KSAs ... how to look beyond a vague KSA to provide the answers that a ranking official wants to hear.

We'll discuss ...

what a hiring office expects and what they will accept and when you might be able to stretch the rules a bit in your favor.

We'll give you ...

some examples of good KSA responses - and a few poor ones - for selected positions.  (Those looking for a more extensive list of examples may be interested in The KSA Workbook companion publication, The KSA Sampler.)


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Pages: 48
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