The Art of Writing KSA Statements
Updated: Apr 16
You have completed your federal resume and the online application form, but your not finished yet! Almost all federal job applications require you to address specific KSA questions required for the position. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) statements are critical to your entire application and overall score.
Your KSA statements should demonstrate your ability to successfully perform the duties of the position - the HR specialists want a specific example that focuses on your achievements. You can’t just say, “I have five years experience in law enforcement,” or, “My job requires excellent problem-solving skills.”
Writing Your Competitive KSAs
Study the job vacancy announcement. Identify keywords - skills, experience, and credentials important in the field - and incorporate those keywords in your KSAs.
Framing Your KSAs with the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model.
Context: Describe the specific problem or goal.
Challenge : Describe the circumstances in which you had to meet a goal or solve a problem and the challenges that were presented.
Action: Describe the actions you took to address the challenges to get to your desired outcome.
Results: Describe the results of your actions or accomplishments. Quantify your results using relevant metrics, such as money saved, time reduced, improved productivity, increased knowledge transfer, etc.