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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MyPlan.com is a comprehensive preparation Web site for school curriculum planning and career exploration. It presents valuable information to job seekers and students who want to make informed career-planning decisions. It is integrated with O*NET data as well as career videos and salary statistics in an easy-to-view format.
iNQUATE Corporation has incorporated O*NET data into its human-capital software application. With a patent pending, iNQUATE is an integrated seven-module application that accommodates the development and communication of corporate goals and objectives, automates the performance management process, and engages managers in the best use of human capital while these managers analyze costs associated with maintaining a workforce. iNQUATE integrates with onsite databases or information available from external providers through Web services. All iNQUATE’s seven modules work together to simplify the process and eliminate duplication of information and effort.
Central Michigan University (2004) has used O*NET Content Model domains to identify the competencies for a leadership competency model for students. The model consists of five dimensions, each with multiple competencies drawn from the O*NET Content Model and an existing management taxonomy of work activities. Work requirements and worker characteristics were reviewed to identify skills, knowledge, abilities, work styles, generalized work activities, work context, and organizational context relevant for each dimension. Although the resulting model was intended for students and was distributed to members of the campus community, it was also distributed to interested employers because of likely relevance to a variety of organizations.
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.
The Workforce Development Council in Snohomish County, Washington has recently developed a career information system called Career Trees. The council created a front-end interface that links directly to O*NET OnLine. Their decision to use O*NET Online was based on familiarity with the application during years of use in One-Stop centers. Their goal was to create a workforce development system for Snohomish County that is:
- 100% globally competitive,
- able to meet industry needs by filling 100% of jobs with qualified candidates,
- able to help 100% of job candidates obtain and retain employment, and
- able to help 100% of businesses and job candidates to continuously enhance their productivity and prosperity.
This new initiative provides visual representations of educational, training, and apprenticeship pathways in nine local high-growth industry sectors. The following sectors are represented:
- Bio-Tech & Bio-Medical Devices
- Business Services
- Health Services
- Public Services
- Tourism / Hospitality Services
On the Web site, the user selects a job sector and is then presented with the option to select an O*NET Job Zone and view a list of occupations within that Zone. Clicking on an occupation’s title takes the user to O*NET OnLine and complete information about the occupation.