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 Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) uses O*NET data in its work to develop Occupational Standards (OCCSTDS). Navy OCCSTDS serve as a basis for training and career development in areas such as formal school curricula, onboard training, development of Personnel Advancement Requirements, and development of Navy-wide advancement examinations. The O*NET skills taxonomy is used to categorize task statements as part of the process to develop the Occupational Standards.
Purple Briefcase has recently signed up to use the O*NET Web Services to improve their career assessments. O*NET Web Services is an application programming interface (API) developers can use to display O*NET information in their applications and take advantage of tools such as the occupation keyword search featured in My Next Move and O*NET OnLine. Companies can also integrate O*NET tools into their own website or web-enabled application. Purple Briefcase is planning to incorporate the O*NET Interest Profiler within their website to help students choose their career path in today's job market.
The Oklahoma Employment Services Commission presents O*NET overviews to business councils and at job fairs and incorporates O*NET OnLine into Job Skills Workshops. Employers are shown how to use the Oklahoma Job Link system to code their job openings with a standard O*NET-SOC code. During the Job Skills Workshops, job seekers explore the skills data in O*NET OnLine and learn how to use O*NET Details Reports to help them build resumes.
E-Career Guidance.Com, Ltd. (ECG) is an Irish company that provides vocational and career counseling services. They developed an online career exploration tool, the CareerDecisionMaker® (CDM), which assesses a client’s standing on variables from four domains: vocational interests, work values, personality, and skills. The client’s score profile is matched to score profiles for occupations. The occupations having profiles that correspond most closely to the client’s profile are presented as career options that the client might explore. ECG linked the CDM to the O*NET database and its occupations from the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). Scores from two of the CDM domains link directly to O*NET data for Interests and Work Values. The CDM skills and personality domains, however, differ from the O*NET Skills and Work Styles domains (i.e., they are based on different taxonomies). ECG contracted with Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to develop skills and personality profiles for O*NET’s SOC occupations that are commensurate with the CDM skills and personality profiles. In addition, HumRRO devised a profile matching algorithm that permits use of the entire four-domain CDM profile to identify promising career options for ECG’s clients. All project activities (e.g., development of stimulus materials for O*NET analysts, summary of personality ratings provided by O*NET analysts, data analysis, development of the profile-matching algorithm) are documented in a technical report (McCloy, Byrum, Munoz, & Tsacoumis,2006).
The Texas Workforce Commission has developed the Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Common Language Project. The O*NET DWA library was the point of departure for the Texas common language initiative. A white paper that documents the underlying philosophies of the project can be found on the site. The document describes the various skills databases that have been developed, the talent management context within which this initiative was originated, and the many potential applications for the DWA data sets. It is written to describe the administrative processes thus far undertaken in Texas to bring a universal skill transferability system to fruition, and to stimulate further thinking about the role of skills in assessing the relationship between worker capabilities and employer hiring requirements.