As a part of the federal-wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), 89% of federal agencies have committed to the elimination of the requirement of narratives, or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs), from the initial application in the hiring process. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are most likely NOT required to provide a narrative response for each KSA.
Yes and No. Some federal agencies continue to write their federal vacancy announcements that require KSA assessments. These KSA assessments can be found on the federal online application system such as USAJOBS or AVUE. There may be specific character limits per KSA assessment. It is very important that you read the entire federal vacancy announcement to determine if KSA assessments are indeed required to be incorporated within the federal resume itself, and/or separately on the online application system.
When you apply for a federal government position, some federal job announcements require additional statements. These statements are known as KSAs: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. They also may be called Selective Factors, Key Elements, TQs (Technical Qualifications), or KSAOs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics). If they are requested, they are required.
For many announcements, these questions are separate 3/4- to 1-page answers to questions related to the job for which you are applying. Other announcements may specify other lengths, or may ask to include answers to the KSAs in your federal resume. Some announcements require you to cut and paste your KSA answers in an online application. Since 89% of most federal agencies eliminated KSAs, you may see the statement “KSAs are optional.” If you have the option, include the KSAs, because you will receive a much higher rating on your federal application. We highly recommend that you READ each vacancy announcement carefully for the specific requirements. We can help you to read and interpret these announcements to determine what is actually required.
"I would recommend CareerPro Global to ANYBODY wishing to enter Federal Service, especially with a military background. After extensive phone interviews, my writer took the time to understand my background, and somehow make it fit into the job I was interested in. Counting that position, his KSAs have gotten me on to the short list of candidates three out of four times. CareerPro’s results are as near to being a sure thing there is in an uncertain world." -Michael Blount
KSAs can be difficult questions to answer. Each KSA will be graded from 5 to 20 points per answer, and are critical in your being ranked as “Qualified” or “Best Qualified.” We offer our expertise in writing these statements, highlighting your experience to ensure maximum KSA ranking.
We price our KSAs based on the amount of time it will take us to write them for you. We write the KSAs so they can be reused for other positions that ask similar questions, saving you money as you apply for additional federal positions.
We recommend that you hire us to write both your KSAs and federal resume. By doing this, you will submit a complete package that represents you at your best, with the federal resume including all pertinent information in the KSAs. However, if you think your federal resume is already a polished document, we are happy just to write your KSAs for you.
CareerProPlus has more than 25 years of experience in helping job seekers reach their career goals. We’re a total career service management organization offering a complete array of career coaching, career training and resume preparation services. We’ve become the leading and most trusted career services source for individuals in the military, federal government and the corporate world. We’ve prepared more than 55,000 federal and military resumes — more than any other company in our industry.
Our team includes multi-certified writers who have authored numerous articles, journals and books related to the craft of resume preparation, and we have been the recipient of coveted industry awards such as “Best Military Transition Resume” and “Best Cover Letter.” All of our writers participate in a comprehensive training program and benefit from continuous training throughout their career. Whether you need assistance with writing KSAs, polishing your resume or preparing a federal resume from scratch, we have the writing expertise that can make a positive difference in your career success.
To learn more about our KSA and resume preparation services, contact us for an initial no-obligation consultation. We can also provide you with a free price quote for our services.
As a part of the federal-wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), 89% of federal agencies have committed to the elimination of the requirement of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) narratives from the initial application. Have KSAs been actually eliminated? Yes and No!