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mandatory ones, but it is important to remember that you need to address every one on the list. If a vacancy announcement makes no distinction among the position’s KSA, the applicant should assume that all KSAs are equally important.

A key point to remember about all KSAs is that they must be job-related. An agency cannot ask for anything in a KSA that is not in the job’s position description.

The Writing Part.....

Do not assume that reviewers will pull the information out of your application package and pick up the salient points. They will not. Even if there were time for such insight, reviewers/ evaluators are not allowed to infer anything.

Hints to follow when developing your KSAs:

  • Read the vacancy announcement carefully

  • Gather the information needed to begin writing

  • Be specific

  • Be precise

  • Get to the point

  • Do not ramble

  • Use lots of examples

  • State specifically what you have done

  • Do not use acronyms

  • Present yourself in “clear and plain” language

  • Do not borrow language from the position description

Effective KSA Writing

Revised June 5, 2006

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