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Components of a KSA

Five Approaches to KSA Statements

Here are some ways to approach KSA statements:

  • 1.

    Describe a specific situation.

  • 2.

    Give an overview of your experience.

  • 3.

    Give an example of relevant education or training.

  • 4.

    Describe an award given for specific accomplishments.

  • 5.

    Describe an experience in your previous jobs in the history format.

Don't feel tied to one approach. Feel free to combine different types in a single

statement. Each KSA statement, for example, can be made up of paragraphs giving an overview, describing a situation (one or two of these), discussing relevant education, and describing an award or recognition. Next, you'll find examples of the five types of KSA statements.

Situation KSA

This specific example demonstrates your knowledge, skill, or ability in a certain area. This is an example of a nonpaid work experience KSA statement for a budget analyst, GS-9.

Ability to perform effectively and maintain composure in tension-filled situations:

As a member and Chairman of the Middletown, Virginia, Town Planning Commission, I directed sometimes tension-filled Rezoning Meetings that affected the commercial activity of the town, but would also affect the residential character of the town. I was successful in mediating controversia1 rezoning issues concerning the Main Street. I also chaired many sensitive hearing, acting as sounding board for long-time residents. The rezoning activities involved local media coverage and required skills in problem-solving and public relations.

Overview KSA This introductory, summary KSA statement is for a secretary, GS-9

Skill in expressing ideas orally in a form that is clear, logical, and grammatically correct:

As a Secretary to 3 senior government executives, I have developed a clear, logical, and grammatically correct writing style that is trusted by my

Effective KSA Writing

Revised June 5, 2006

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