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Mentoring needed in KSA writing
May 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm #72272
When dealing with the Federal government, you often have to complete KSA’s in order to apply for positions. However, if you don’t use the right key words, you don’t get the position. I have done the job of a supervisor at different times and I don’t know how to express my experience to be selected. Much of the applications are reviewed by the computer. So if the buzz words are not there you don’t get selected.
Are there any mentors out there that can help with KSA’s? Or are there anyone with a word of advice in completing KSA’s.
May 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm #72290
I will! I actually wrote a blog on KSA writing last year, so check there for some tips. I am willing to proofread and offer constructive commentary. KSAs are hard, and the only way you get good at it is if you stumble upon a good example or have someone give you tips!
You’re right though: buzzwords are key! I’ll have to reread my blog, and then post here any more tips that I may not have included then!
May 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm #72288
There are also some articles on writing KSA’s at FedSmith.com You might take a look at those too. But having some one to read over them is important, especially if you can find some one who knows something about the position you are applying for and will understand the audience you need to reach.
May 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm #72286
R J ParryParticipant
Writing KSA’s can be difficult at best. One suggestion is throughly look at the job description portion of the announcement. You can also check the OPM website for a description of the job series (i.e., 1750 – Instructional Systems Development), which will give you details about the field in general. Since the software (RESUMIX) is looking for keywords you MUST write the KSA as if you are in the interview process telliing a panel what you know AND what you accomplished. REMEMBER volunteer work counts!!!
Dont leave anything out. One job I got was because I attended a school that the selecting official was associated with for over 10 years. (I did not know the selecting official)
ACRONYMS— SPELL THEM OUT at least the first time [Office of Personnel Management (OPM)] and then use the short version. The acronym does not mean the same thing to everyone!!!
June 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm #72284
Thanks for your suggestions.
July 29, 2009 at 11:10 am #72282
In addition to the items listed above, I have noticed that applicants do not always answer the question for personnel AND the hiring official. I hire in a more technical field, so I have to ask more technical questions. However, the reviewers in personnel may not understand the subtle differences between what the applicant writes and what I want.
For example, one question that we used to ask was: “Do you have experience in using statitiscal software similar to SAS.” Applicants would answer saying “I have used Mathematica and Stata in my course work.” Sometimes personnel would take that to mean that they have not used SAS (true) but since personnel may not know Stata and Mathematica are similar to SAS, they would not put these applicants through.
Applicants should answer like this: “I have experience in using statitical software packages similar to SAS like Mathematica and Stata in my coursework.”
This allows the reviewers to see the question is answered affirmatively, and provides the hiring official with the information I need to make selections.
November 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm #72280
Where is your blog? I am in the process of writing some KSA’s and would love any tips you might have.
February 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm #72278
where is your Blog so that I can learn writing KSA on my job application
March 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm #72276
I am very interested in concrete help and review in writing KSA’s, would love to see the blog and specific and helpful advice. Realizing these days so much is done by computer, not unlike SEO words on a website, to be picked up by analytics.
Since many of the positions are new, with no direct history (such as related to social media) experience in framing these answers would be terrific.
July 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm #72274
Sorry I never replied! I got swamped with mssgs from GovLoop and started tuning them out!!!!
The blog I referred to was right here on GovLoop! Click on my name, then when you get to my page, scroll down to find my blog section. Also, check out the funny KSA one I just posted today!!!!
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