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Four Steps to Writing Responses to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Four Steps to Writing Responses to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

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Step 4. Show how the facts you have gathered about your experience relate to the individual KSAs.

You need to tell about the experiences you have had in a way that clearly shows how they are related to the knowledge, skill, or ability. In other words, you need to show a link between your own experience and the KSA. Do not assume that the link is obvious to someone else even though it may be obvious to you. The SME/promotion panel member(s) who(m) rate your application can only credit what you tell them in your KSA response. They will not be able to give you proper credit for your experiences unless you give them specific examples showing how and why your experience is related to a particular KSA.

In telling this to the SME/promotion panel, remember a few important facts: *It is the content of your responses that is rated and not the writing style that you use. It is acceptable to use brief sentences or phrases as long as the SME/promotion panel knows what you mean. *Very long responses do not guarantee a high rating. Give the SME/promotion panel direct and to -the-point responses. *Do not use abbreviations, acronyms, or jargon. Chances are the SME/promotion panel will not know what you are talking about if you write this way. They will be able to give proper credit for your experience if they do not understand what you have done.


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    wjcald

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I can do all the KSA's but if the age isn't right it won't matter!

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    CourtneyAda

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Good Lord, this is OVERKILL..... 8O

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    watersmarlon

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I need some assistance with my KSA's I think mine arent right help..

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    ThaCoyote

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    W O W...I jacked up my KSA so bad. I will do better next time though!!! :P

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    duardonme

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Informative

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    jessejefferson01

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Consider revising the last sentence of step 4. "They will be able to give proper credit for your experience if they do not understand what you have done. "

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    I thank you for this very informative career guide. The 4 steps were easy to understand and follow.

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