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The KSA Sampler

(A Companion to The KSA Workbook)
is another one of our "best-selling" publications.
Now expanded to more than 70 examples of 
job-winning KSA responses

Introductions

When we introduced the first edition of The KSA Sampler, the federal government was rethinking the whole approach to federal hiring.  Many of the old-fashioned, tedious ways of applying for federal jobs were being discarded while the number of available openings was declining in the name of "downsizing."  As a result, individuals needed to sharpen their job-hunting skills if they were to succeed, and they found The KSA Sampler to be a valuable tool in helping them be competitive.

How The KSA Sampler Came to Be

Most federal hunters quickly realize that proficiency in responding to a position's KSAs is vital to their job hunting success.  They are not sure how to do it.  For this reason, Federal Research Service first published The KSA Workbook aimed at helping applicants present their experience and accomplishments in ways that earn the most favorable attention.  Through descriptions and examples, the Workbook showed job hunters how to interpret and use information distributed throughout a vacancy announcement to maximize the impact of their KSA responses.

Since its publication, the Workbook has been enthusiastically received by federal job hunters, but with one request:  they wanted more examples of KSA responses.  This demand led to the introduction of The KSA Sampler.  In compiling this book, we reviewed hundreds of vacancy announcements that we see every week and selected a sample that represent a range of occupations and responses that meet the guidelines developed in The KSA Workbook.

While researching these books, we talked to a number of federal human resources specialists about what they think makes a strong or weak KSA response.  In some cases, applicants are encouraged to work within a framework when drafting KSA statements.

The human resources specialists that we talked to were virtually unanimous about one point:  The applicant must provide examples and they have to be specific!  They cannot get away with mere declarations of their capabilities:  "Yes, I can do this" or "Yes, I am completely familiar with all aspects of that program."  Such vague statements just won't fly!

How To Use The KSA Sampler

While guidelines and structured formats are useful tools for developing KSA statements, many job hunters prefer to have such advice illustrated.  In The KSA Sampler, we concentrate on examples although we do provide two formats on the last page for your use.  In this workbook, you'll find numerous ways that qualified candidates might respond to the identified KSAs for a range of occupations and grades.  While the vacancies and the KSAs are drawn from actual, now outdated vacancy announcements, the responses are fictional and not intended to describe a current job hunter.  Their value is in showing how unique experience and accomplishments can be presented in ways that best respond to a job's specific requirements.

Don't let yourself get hung up on a specific occupational series that we use in our examples.  Instead review the KSAs themselves and identify those that, with the substitution of a few keywords, are similar to KSAs you encounter when applying for federal jobs.  As we discuss in The KSA Sampler many KSAs are very general with regard to subject matter.  In reviewing the suggested responses, focus your attention not on what the applicant said but on how he or she said it.

We discovered that some of our readers were scanning the list of GS series used in our examples to search for their own occupation.  If they didn't find it, some people concluded the book couldn't help them.

Well, that's not the way The KSA Sampler works.  Whether or not your occupational series is included, the value of the KSA responses is not in the occupational area but in the way your present your knowledges, skills and abilities to meet broadly similar, yet specific requirements.  For instance, it's not only a social worker who must possess "the ability to identify and obtain resources and/or services needed to assist others."  It's not just a human resources specialist who faces the requirement of "skill in written and oral communication."  Workers in many occupations, not just EEO specialists, need to show an ability "to work with management officials to develop policy and guidelines."

So don't cheat yourself by purchasing this book and flipping through it to find your occupations.  The library of samplers it includes is designed to help you find the best way to respond with your background to the KSAS you personally face.  This workbook will help you familiarize yourself with various approaches to responding to KSAs and to focus on what works best for you with your unique set of skills and interests.


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