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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At Edgewood Terrace in northeast Washington, DC, the (CPDC) is helping unemployed and underemployed adults build career plans, develop job skills, and find employment. In one component of the CPDC career and skills enhancement program, staff use O*NET OnLine, among other resources, to help participants identify potential career goals. Participants leave the class with a long-term career plan fashioned as a résumé builder. Some go on to specialized training programs in information technology, others seek employment or further education in other fields, but all have an action plan, with next steps toward a better future.
The California County of Humboldt Employment Training Division uses O*NET occupational information to assist people with disabilities and those on public assistance. O*NET Career Exploration Tools help clients get a comprehensive picture of their fit with the world of work. Employers and potential employees are encouraged to consider the many facets of work other than basic skills. The training division presents classes to employees of social service branches, describing how to use O*NET OnLine to serve their clients.
Goodwill Southern California uses O*NET information within its placement services office. Their placement program assists clients with significant barriers to employment,such as: low income, history of incarceration or substance abuse, disabilities, lay-offs or terminated employment, and poor work history. The Goodwill Southern California Web site provides clients with occupational skills information through a link to O*NET OnLine.
Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) works with a network of 78 local Job Centers (the equivalent of One-Stops) across the state. Each has a resource area and a mission to provide high-quality career information to job seekers and other customers. In many of the centers, local staff wanted or needed to become more knowledgeable about the career development needs of diverse clients and the array of resources available to assist them. To help staff improve their career development skills and services, DWD’s Division of Workforce Solutions developed a 3-day, competency-based training curriculum that includes an introduction to O*NET information. Students use O*NET OnLine, the O*NET Work Importance Locator, and the O*NET Interest Profiler. Staff have discovered that these O*NET tools provide a good foundation for approaching the career exploration process.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment uses O*NET occupational information in its LMI Gateway Web site. This comprehensive online resource for career exploration and job searching integrates the O*NET database into its Career Informer service. In addition, users may complete a skills inventory that matches their skills to O*NET occupations. Job seekers often find their skills set is broader than they previously realized and that their skills are transferable to related occupations, opening up their job search to more possibilities.