Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSa)

KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

What Are KSAs? KSAOs?

Federal Job Applications: When you apply for a federal government position, some federal job announcements require additional detailed statements. These statements are known as KSAs—Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements. They also may be called Selective Factors, Key Elements, TQs (Technical Qualification statements), or KSAOs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics). If they are requested, then they are required.

KSA Essays

What Do KSAs Require?

KSA Content: For many announcements, KSAs are separate 3/4- to 2-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 resumix resume. Some announcements require you to cut and paste your KSA answers in an online application. You will need to read each announcement carefully for the requirements. We can help you to read these announcements to determine what is required. Call us today at (800) 471-9201 for a free consultation.

How Do You Answer KSAs?

Filling Out a KSA: KSAs can be difficult questions to answer. Each KSA will be graded from 5 to 20 points per answer, and are critical in being ranked as "Qualified" or "Best Qualified." We offer our expertise in writing these statements, highlighting your experience to ensure maximum KSA ranking. Call us today at (800) 471-9201 for a free consultation.

How Are KSAs Priced?

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 other federal positions.

What We Recommend

Federal Resume and KSA Package: We recommend that we write both your KSAs and federal resume. This way, you will be able to 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 to write only your KSAs.

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How We Work With You:

The Five Steps:

Step 1: The first step to have us prepare your military transition resume, federal government resume, resumix, KSAs, or essay questions and/or prepare you for online posting is to request a free quick quote. Submit your resume and federal job vacancy announcement for a free review and quote. Contact us at (800) 471-9201 for a free consultation.


Step 2: Our review will help us determine and address what we need to do to prepare your federal resume package. At no cost to you, we will review your existing resume and up to two positions you have identified in the federal government or private/public sector that you are considering.


Step 3: Based on our free review of your background, previously prepared documents, and requirements for the position for which you are applying, we will propose the appropriate type of federal resume or resumix to prepare, determine if there are required KSAs or essay questions, and determine if you are indeed eligible to apply for the federal job vacancies you have selected. You will be quoted a package price via e-mail or through a telephone consultation.


Step 4: When we begin the development of your federal application, we will use the information you supplied us and request additional information such as performance evaluations, awards, college transcripts, and DD-214s, and then develop a questionnaire specifically related to extracting pertinent information in order for us to achieve maximum scoring of keywords and core competencies. Your information will then be integrated with the general series and grade, or pay band of the federal application.


Step 5: Your project delivery date will be scheduled and a draft of your federal application will be delivered to you via e-mail for your final approval. You will have 14 days to make any changes, additions, deletions, etc. to make your application perfect.

Documents and/or information that is helpful to submit:

1. Copies of your annual performance evaluations and job descriptions
2. Copies of any awards, citations, and medals you have received
3. List of professional training received
4. Current or older version of your resume
5. If retired or separated from the military, a copy of your DD-214
6. Up to two federal vacancy announcements of interest and/or two private-sector job announcements of interest to you
7. Your current e-mail address and telephone number(s). Please visit to locate federal jobs of interest

These documents can be sent directly to your career coach at after you have made contact.

Please visit to locate federal jobs of interest.

These documents can be sent directly to your career coach at after you have made contact.

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