KSA - Essay Statements

KSA stands for Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. These are narrative or Essay Statements, which are frequently required along with a resume when applying for government jobs. The KSA statements must describe your experience in support of specific job related questions. Your answers are designed to help federal hiring agencies select the best qualified candidates for interviews. Your goal is to receive a high proficiency ranking from the information provided on your KSA statements.

Your KSAs must be properly formatted using characteristics and language familiar and comfortable to the reviewer. Key words and phrases must stand out and support your application and background. Poorly written KSA statements could sabotage a great resume so you must get it right the first time. Remember, the main purpose of KSAs is to identify the personal and professional qualities you possess that will set you apart from other candidates.

Our multi-certified KSA and resume writers use a formal, structured process combined with many years of experience in writing these statements, highlighting your background to ensure maximum proficiency rankings and ultimately earn you "best qualified" standing. Our quality process is comprehensive and ISO 9001:2008 certified. We will present your background and experiences in the concise narrative form required by the KSA process. You will work directly with a highly qualified and certified writer, with a wealth of KSA writing experience. Our certifications include CPRW, CEIP, CFRWC, MMRW, CARW, CRW, and CWPP.

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Different Federal Government agencies require different federal resume formats. All of them require your submission to be compelling with the right key words and phrases designed to catch the eye of the reviewer. A properly written federal resume will closely align with your KSA statements and together, represent a complete, precise and true picture of your background, knowledge and ability to do the job.

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How Do You Answer KSAs?

Each KSA can be difficult questions to answer. They will be graded from 5 to 20 points per answer - and is critical in being ranked as "qualified" or "best qualified". We offer our expertise in writing these statements, highlighting your experience to ensure maximum ranking.  There are some sample KSAs below.

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