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    Sample KSA Responses

    Sample KSA Responses
    h4. TWO QUICK KSA EXAMPLES Knowledge of health sciences. - While in college pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health, I took courses in (give specific examples which show you have knowledge of anatomy and physiology). At the same time, I gained additional knowledge of health in my position at.... In this job I was responsible for (give specific examples). Performing ...
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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)
    HOW TO WRITE RESPONSES TO KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs) If you apply for a position announced in the KSA format you should respond to the KSAs. You have to describe your experience and how it relates to each of the KSAs. How do you do this? Where do you start? What do you need to think about? To help you ...
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    The 5 P's to Job Search Success

    The 5 P's to Job Search Success
    Submitting a job application is an emotional investment. You spend hours reviewing your resume and KSA essay to make sure everything is worded correctly and accurately describes just how awesome you are. After you send it, you just know that the hiring manager is going to think your application is a masterpiece of accomplishment. Surely this application must be included into ...
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    Highlight Relevant Experience on Federal Resumes

    Highlight Relevant Experience on Federal Resumes
    Last week NBC produced a segment titled "De-Age Your Resume" (see video below). It's a great topic, and I'd like to give you some additional Federal Resume de-aging strategies as well. As we all know, the US government is an equal opportunity employer. Nonetheless, one can observe trends in government hiring strategies which reveal hiring hot-spots; if your qualifications, education, and ...
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    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume

    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process

    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process
    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process KSAs...Knowledge, Skills and Abilities...a list of special qualifications and personal attributes that you need to have for a particular job. These are the unique requirements that the hiring agency wants to find in the person selected to fill a particular job. A primary purpose of KSAs is to ...
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    Best Ways to Answer Federal Self-Assessments

    Best Ways to Answer Federal Self-Assessments
    Just when you got those pesky knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) statements under your belt when applying to federal government jobs, a new trend has emerged: Self-assessment questions. Also called job-specific questions, self-assessment questions are found in increasing numbers of government agencies' applications. They will be new to some federal job seekers, but don't be put off. These questions are intended ...
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    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters

    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters
    As the saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. If you're doing a job search or resume submission via email, the first impression any employer will have is from your cover letter. [gate] Some tips for creating successful email cover letters are the same as for paper cover letters: Be professional, with correct spelling and ...
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    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume

    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume
    Knowing that job-seekers need to have the best resume possible now for the 3.5 million jobs that will appear in the next year or two, I asked 5 of the leading resume writers and career counselors and advisers in the country to give me their two best tips for writing a stand‐out, competitive Stimulus Plan Resume: h4. From Kathryn Troutman, Pioneering ...
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    KSA’s To Be Phased Out

    Earlier this year the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced it was moving with much vigor to scrap the part of the government hiring process that most individuals dread; the knowledge, skills and abilities, or KSAs, questionnaire. The KSAs are a series of questions that are answered in essay form by the applicant and then graded by reviewers. Obviously, the higher ...
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    Federal Hiring 101: Learn What to Expect from Self-Assessments

    Federal Hiring 101: Learn What to Expect from Self-Assessments
    Just when you got those pesky knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) statements under your belt when applying to federal government jobs, a new trend has emerged: Self-assessment questions. Also called job-specific questions, self-assessment questions are found in increasing numbers of government agencies' applications. They will be new to some federal job seekers, but don't be put off. These questions are intended ...
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    Avoid the 10 Worst Government Job Blunders

    Avoid the 10 Worst Government Job Blunders
    Now that you've landed yourself a sweet government job, you've got to worry about your performance. We've all heard stories of employees which are qualified for the work that they do, but just don't have enough composure or self-discipline to deliver quality work, consistently. The good news is that you can learn from the mistakes of others. Here are 10 blunders ...
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    Senior Executive Service (SES) Resume Writing

    Senior Executive Service (SES) Resume Writing
    SES resume writing is an art form all of its own. Unlike any other application for a job, the federal government’s Senior Executive Service application practically demands that it be prepared by a seasoned professional in order to even have a chance at the job you are interested in. The top reason qualified candidates are rejected is because they do not ...
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    What Are KSAs?

    What Are KSAs?
    KSAs are often a critical part of the Federal job application process, but most Federal job applicants are often confused about exactly what a KSA is. The information provided below provides a brief overview of KSAs and their part in the Federal hiring process. What does KSA mean? "KSA" is an abbreviation for knowledge, skills, and abilities. KSAs are attributes required ...
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    Resume Center

    Resume Center
    Hiring agencies are looking forward to giving your resume a fair, honest chance. Don't believe me? Consider the following argument: there are hundreds of Human Resources jobs available in the government sector, and only a handful of them have anything to do with reading and assessing resumes. Now, why would somebody deliberately take a position reviewing candidate's resume, if they didn't ...
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    KSA Dos and Don'ts

    KSA Dos and Don'ts
    KSA DOs AND DON'Ts h4. DO: * Carefully read the vacancy announcement and note the required qualifications and KSAs. * Use action verbs and statements. * Include all current experience related to the KSAs whether paid or volunteer. * Arrange all of your experience in logical order (for example, chronological). * List education and training and identify title of course, hours, ...
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    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security

    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security
    When the Office of Management and Budget's Peter Orszag put out a memo in June saying "the Federal hiring process needs to be reformed. The current process is lengthy and encumbered by burdensome requirements and outdated technology systems," DHS was listening. Read the OMB memo here Homeland Security is well on its way to hiring as many as 1,000 cybersecurity experts, ...
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    You Can Survive the Behavioral Interview

    You Can Survive the Behavioral Interview
    When asked a traditional question like, "What would you do if you had a customer who wasn't interested in buying the product?" you can make up a story. But when you're asked behavioral questions, the interviewer is listening for specific examples of how you have handled situations or problems in the past. When presented with behavioral questions beginning with phrases like, ...
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    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter

    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter
    Are you wondering how to deal with a sticky work history issue? Whether you were laid off from your last position, took time off to raise children or are looking to change careers, the cover letter is the perfect place to address potential red flags. One caveat: Keep the explanation brief. Writing a cover letter is an exercise in selling yourself, ...
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    Get Rescued with Your Resume

    Get Rescued with Your Resume
    Does your career need to be rescued? Do you need a job? Your resume can get you rescued if it’s outstanding, sizzling, targeted, interesting and friendly! How can you create this great resume? Target the resume. Find your announcement that is of interest and analyze 5 to 10 keywords in the announcement. Add these words in your resume. Let’s say you ...
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