O*NET® Products at Work
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration introduced the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to the public in 1998. Since that time, its impact on workforce development, career counseling, educational programming and human resource activities has quickly expanded, both in the U.S. and around the world. O*NET Products at Work provides examples of the widespread use of O*NET OnLine, the O*NET database, the Toolkit for Business, and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools.
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The Traumatic Brain Injury Program at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center relies on O*NET OnLine to help clients identify jobs they want to do and can do well. Team members refer to detailed reports of the skills, knowledge, abilities, and other characteristics of occupations as they tailor their services to the individual’s interests and goals. Employers benefit from the program’s Job Placement Specialist’s assistance in finding competent workers, those workers well matched to the employers’ particular needs.
Washington State Department of Personnel offers a Web site for human resources professionals, managers and supervisors, and state employees. In a section on competencies – “the measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors (KSABs) critical to successful job performance,” the site relies heavily on O*NET descriptions, data, and questionnaires – providing users with links to related O*NET Websites.
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. created a compatibility index (based on O*NET and a proprietary algorithm) to help assess whether or not two or more occupations match up in terms of required knowledge, skills, and abilities. In the article, "Three Scenarios Where Transferable Skills Data Helps Workforce Boards Get People Back to Work", they outline how this data can be valuable in three common scenarios: When a factory, plant, or other large employer shuts down, creating a high volume of dislocated workers. When a worker decides to transition into a new career. When a jobseeker is considering the pursuit of a particular career.
Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization and the nation’s leading provider of training, employment, and community service for low-income older people. The primary program offered by Experience Works is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program, funded in part under Title V of the Older Americans Act, provides help to thousands of low-income individuals age 55 and older. Seniors benefit from training, counseling, and community service assignments at faith-based and community organizations prior to transitioning into the workforce. At Experience Works in Nebraska, O*NET information is used to create employment plans. Using O*NET OnLine, seniors can research job requirements, match requirements with their skills, define skill gaps, explore related occupations, and get help writing resumes.
Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) from Wonderlic
Wonderlic is an organization that provides employment process solutions to thousands of employers worldwide. Wonderlic supports the entire employment process, from online recruiting to exit interviews. The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) measures a candidate’s basic verbal and math skills based upon job requirements. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test content and results are directly tied to the O*NET database.