Small Business Glossary and Definitions

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.