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Step 2: Step 3:

Learn as much about the position as possible.

Compare the KSAs with the vacancy announcement and the position description. Classify each "duty and responsibility" according to which KSA it reflects.

Step 4:

Match your skills to the KSA requirements. List all related experience, accomplishments, education, training, and honors/awards that directly relate to each KSA.

Step 5:

Write your narratives, revisit them, polish them.

KSA Tips

  • 1.

    Present your KSAs in specific or measurable terms.

  • 2.

    Be specific with your role in the organization.

  • 3.

    Show production and responsibility increases.

  • 4.

    Use action words to describe your experiences.

  • 5.

    Use your position description as a guide only.

  • 6.

    Use wording from the duties section of the vacancy announcement.

  • 7.

    Limit KSAs to 1 or 1 ½ pages…per KSA.

  • 8.

    Include all work experience.

  • 9.

    Spell out all terms before using any acronyms.

  • 10.

    Use narrative paragraphs and bullets

Effective KSA Writing

Revised June 5, 2006

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