When it comes to applying for a federal job, knowledge, skills and abilities are intended to measure the qualities that set you apart from other applicants. The author discusses some specifics about each aspect of KSAs.
What’s changed and what hasn’t with regard to writing your federal resume now that KSA’s are (mostly) gone?
On May 11, 2010, President Obama signed a memorandum theoretically eliminating KSAs from the initial application and shortening the federal hiring process. Here’s what to expect now if you are applying for a federal job.
The possible elimination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in filling jobs has triggered a virtual avalanche of articles and discussion. Even OPM can’t wave a magic wand and make KSAs disappear, since the requirement to use them is embedded in law, so the question seems to be how, not if, they will be used.
KSA’s will likely begin to be phased out starting later this year. But for the time being, applicants still need to be aware of their importance.
There is plenty of controversy surrounding the federal hiring process. One aspect is the proposal to eliminate federal KSA’s. An experienced federal human resources specialist weighs in with a proposal. The author says federal hiring can and should be improved and suggests how that can be achieved.