KSAs Can Include:
Paid and unpaid experiences
degrees, courses and research projects
Awards and recognitions
Quotes from letters written by people who think you are great
What Stays and What Goes?
How should you decide which examples of tasks to keep in comparison to those that can be discarded? Use the following type of tasks to represent your experience, when possible:
Use tasks that demonstrate your leadership, organization, or management skills. For example, applicants should discuss their role on committees/taskforces; discuss how they planned activities and events; or discuss their responsibilities in managing groups of individuals in various settings (i.e., office, classroom, organization/club, correctional environment)
FUNCTIONING IN A STRESSFUL ENVIRONNENT
Use tasks that demonstrate your ability to effectively deal with stress related events/activities. For example, applicants could discuss their responsibility for transportation security issues or discuss how they dealt with critical deadlines.
COMPLEXITY AND/OR CREATIVITY
Use tasks that demonstrate complexity or creativity. For example, applicants could describe how they designed programs for personal computers, prepared papers on technical subjects, or used formulas to derive solutions.
PERTINENCE TO THE POSITION
Frequently, applicants apply for positions outside their own discipline. However, applicants who have experience directly
related to the position and include this in their responses will usually be awarded the higher points.
Effective KSA Writing
Revised June 5, 2006