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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California’s Labor Market Information Division (LMID) gathers, analyzes, and produces occupational information to inform people about California’s economy and to aid in labor-related decisions. In response to layoffs at Pillowtex (a large household textile manufacturer that closed plants employing 6,000 workers across eight states), California’s LMID created an instruction kit that incorporates parts of O*NET OnLine. Including the O*NET Find Occupations and Skills Search capabilities, this toolkit enables use of O*NET data and other resources to make dislocated workers aware of their current skills and suggests occupations that match these skills.
The Workforce Central Florida online tool provides employers assistance with their recruitment, retention, and training needs. Employers can post job opportunities and search the resume job bank. The Web site provides access to numerous human resources topics, articles, and other resources. Job seekers can post resumes, search the job bank, and keep abreast of career-related seminars, articles, and services. The Web site provides links to O*NET data and O*NET-based career tools.
Elder Research, Inc. is working on a project that assists people in finding the correct job by linking their queries to the occupational information in O*NET OnLine. Elder Research is a leader in the development of data mining software
Profiles International (PI) is one of several assessment companies that incorporates O*NET data in customized workforce development tools for public- and private-sector use. PI’s products are designed to help businesses improve their hiring practices, reduce turnover rates and costs, and enhance workforce harmony and performance. O*NET information is used extensively with the company’s clients, including a number of public workforce agencies. In PI’s system, job seekers begin with an assessment of their “soft skills,” such as job behavioral traits, thinking style, and occupational interests. Their results are matched to O*NET occupations and presented in a Career Compatibility Report. The report lists occupations that may be a good fit, explains how to use O*NET OnLine to obtain more information about the occupations, and explains the results of the assessment. PI sets up private Web sites for its clients on which managers can post their job openings and screen for suitable applicants. In addition, the site describes O*NET OnLine and how to use O*NET information in drafting position descriptions and in other human resources activities. This resource is especially helpful to small and mid-size companies without large human resources departments or formal position descriptions.
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.