Last month our discussion on resubmissions focused on the second three of nine knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). This month I will continue our discussion on common errors with the emergency management essay by focusing on the last three of nine KSAs.
Previously we learned the first three Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities are: (1) demonstrated ability to develop a solution for the stated problem; (2) demonstrated knowledge of the Prevention phase of disaster/emergency management and activities; and (3) demonstrated knowledge of the Mitigation phase of disaster/emergency management and activities. The second three KSAs are: (4) demonstrated knowledge of the preparedness phase of disaster/emergency management and activity; (5) demonstrated knowledge of the Response phase of disaster/emergency management and activity; and (6) demonstrated knowledge of the Recovery phase of disaster/emergency management and activity.
The last three KSAs, which I will discuss in detail here, are: (7) demonstrated knowledge of the organization and the environment in which it operates; (8) demonstrated knowledge of codes, legislation, regulations, plans, policies or procedures which impact the disaster/emergency management function; and (9) demonstrated skill in written communication as evidenced by the essay that demonstrates your ability to present information in a logical, clear manner.
You may ask someone else to read your essay and repeat back to you the general ideas to see if others understand your meaning. If the other person gets it wrong, you may need to go back and edit your essay again. This person also may identify additional grammar and spelling errors that you previously missed. Having someone else read your essay and offer suggestions does not prevent you from signing the Independent Work Statement. The essay is still your individual work product, as you are free to accept or reject the offered suggestions.
Commissioners suggest that you allow someone else to read your essay, because it helps to ensure a well-written essay. When you are satisfied you have a good essay that will earn at least 18 out of the 24 available points, check the margins and double-spacing. Make sure the essay’s title is placed at the top of your essay and the required Independent Work Statement is included and signed (physically or electronically) at the end.
As a last step, you should review your resubmission letter and ensure that all comments and suggestions have been addressed. The Commissioners will pay particular attention to this letter and will be looking for those corrections/additions specifically. When you are satisfied, your essay is ready for resubmission.
The most common errors that Commissioners encounter with these last three KSA’s are:
Remember, paying attention to detail, as found in the essay instructions and scenario, will go a long way towards writing a successful essay the first time. Incorporating all of the suggestions and comments from the resubmission letter in your revised essay will help ensure that you are successful this time so you do not receive a rejection letter.
IAEM is implementing the new online CEM®/AEM® exam in March, so I will describe this process in next month’s IAEM Bulletin. As usual, please send any questions you have about the examination or the certification process to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will address them in future articles.
IAEM Bulletin, March 2019
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