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Federal Resume Services

KSA Writing by CareerSoar

KSAs: Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

Definition: KSAs are highly focused essays that need to be included with your application that address your individual knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the vacancy announcement that you are applying for.

KSAs give specific examples of your work experience, education, training, awards, and honors, and are specifically written to support each area of knowledge, skill, and ability requested in the vacancy announcement. There are usually four to six KSAs required for each vacancy announcement and, unlike resumes, are usually written in the first person. They are typically one-half to one and on-half pages each in length.

To effectively write powerful KSAs, you must first understand how the federal government defines what they consider to be knowledge, skills, and abilities. Following is how the federal government defines these areas:

  • Knowledge: An organized body of information, usually of a factual or procedural nature, that, when applied, makes adequate job performance possible.
  • Skills: The proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things. Skills are observable, quantifiable, and measurable.
  • Abilities: The power to perform a given activity.

When our certified federal resume writers create your KSAs, we utilize the new CCAR model to clearly define your knowledge, skills, and abilities. This CCAR model includes the following: context, challenge, action, and results. By defining the challenge you faced (context), then specifying the specific problem you had to address (challenge), we then describe the actions that you took to solve the problem (action), and quantify the outcome (results). By utilizing the CCAR model in all of our KSA writing, we are ensuring that your KSAs will be presented in the most powerful manner possible.

Also, as part of our KSA writing process, we also provide the following services to you:

  • We ensure you have used proper verbs, nouns, and keywords that emphasize your experience.
  • We ensure that you have written clear and concise answers.
  • We create sentences to continue a thought or flow of a sentence.
  • We create, design, and format your federal resume in MS Word, making it a high-impact, visually-appealing document matching your resume format.
  • We ensure that the correct information is identified in the heading.
  • We ensure the KSA statements are correct.
  • We edit and improve upon what you have given to us.
  • We make specific recommendations for providing additional information, if we feel that it is needed.

Well written KSAs are an extremely important when applying for a federal government position! Don’t take a chance on missing out on a great opportunity for as federal government position because of poorly written or incomplete KSAs.

Click here for information concerning our federal government resume writing.

Our certified federal resume writing experts at CareerSoar can help you through every step of the KSA process! They will create the powerful KSA documents that you need in order to be successful in your Federal Government job search. For more information, call us today at (845) 235-9233 or attach your current resume, job announcement, and any KSA's or narratives you have written to an e-mail and send it to

All KSA writing work is quoted on an individual basis. The cost of preparing KSA's can vary from $100-$200 per KSA, depending on whether our writer is editing them or creating them from scratch. Normal turnaround time is 8-10 days for a complete federal package that includes the resume and narratives.

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