General Practices and Principles of Laboratory Science
Posted 15 November 2009 - 08:29 PM
Several things have occurred to me. For example, I could begin with statements regarding my knowledge of each area of the laboratory (Blood Bank, Micro, etc.). Or I could reference my knowledge of QA, laboratory guidelines, or lab management.
In short, I would love input from other forumers. What do you think of when you hear the statement "General Practices and Principles of Laboratory Science"? Also, if anyone has experience responding to KSAs for a federal job, I would be very interested to hear about your experiences.
Thanks in advance for such a general question.
Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:20 PM
Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:43 PM
This is the first time I've seen a question like this, it seems quite hard to answer.
Hopefully some more advice will come your way.
Good luck for the job
Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:17 PM
To clairfy, the position that I will be applying for is as a generalist at a VA hospital. Which, unfortunately, makes things more complicated because, as a generalist, there are a wider variety of areas that may be referenced.
Also complicating things is the nature of KSAs. What they are looking for is tangible experience. In other words, I will be explaining why I understand these general principles, what I accomplish in my daily activities that demonstrates my understanding, and what the outcome of my actions were.
I won't go into more detail about the KSAs. I just wanted to point out that I need to derive some specifics from such a general statement...hence, my quandary.
Anyway, I already feel better getting some input from other professionals. Thank you for taking the time to respond with such productive input!
Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:59 AM
I have encountered this question in some of my applications. I asked one recruiter exactly what they meant, and she told me that she wanted a summary of my most-used applicable skills, describing how they related to the desired skills advertised. She also wanted me to connect my applicable skills to each project they were used in if possible.
Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:46 PM
That is of great help. That makes sense. Responding to that statement will be much easier taking that route.
I think contacting the recruiter for clarification is always a good idea and shows initiative. I will do the same for any further clarification.