What are KSAs?
KSA is an acronym for Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Initially developed by the U.S government for applying for government jobs, the acronym has become a short-hand expression in human resources.
KSAs are brief written statements by an applicant describing how the applicant is suitable for a particular job. It provides an opportunity to create a direct linkage between an individual’s skill set and the necessary requirements for a job.
KSAs complement other aspects of a job application, such as resumes and questionnaires, and are used as part of the assessment criteria for making hiring and promotion decisions.