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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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Profiles International (PI) external site

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.

New York CareerZone external site from New York State Department of Labor external site

Designed by the State Department of Labor, the New York CareerZone Web site is an O*NET delivery system that has revolutionized the way New Yorkers access career information. The NYCareerZone system is now a statewide resource for teachers, counselors, and career center staff. The system engages students and job seekers in career exploration and helps them develop their skills in career planning. Users build electronic portfolios linked to state learning objectives and O*NET-SOC occupational information. NYCareerZone developers incorporated the O*NET Interest Profiler and Skills Search capabilities into the portfolios to help students identify their interests and relate these interests to appropriate career possibilities. Using job profiles drawn from the O*NET database, students can explore specific occupations. The profiles include state-specific wage and outlook information related to the O*NET-SOC occupations and include a link to a state college database.

Manpower external site

Manpower, a worldwide provider of high-value staffing services with nearly 1,100 offices in North America and 4,500 offices in 80 countries, provides jobs to 5 million persons every year and services more than 400,000 clients worldwide. The O*NET occupational and skills taxonomy helps Manpower match the right person to the right job. The O*NET system also offers a systematic structure that enhances Manpower’s analysis of the employment marketplace and its tracking of staffing trends. By incorporating O*NET structure into its procedures, Manpower has benefited by being able to:

  • identify accurately the types of placements each field office makes;
  • locate field offices where the highest need exists;
  • more accurately consolidate information for various types of analysis, including marketing analysis; and
  • begin the process of having Manpower offices in other countries map their occupations to O*NET, enabling Manpower to consolidate information for global reporting more efficiently.

SkillsEngine external site from Texas State Technical College external site

The SkillsEngine based on the O*NET Content Model, was developed by the Center for Employability Outcomes at Texas State Technical College. The beta version quickly translates text into high quality skills data for any application using the new Competency API.

America in the Global Economy from The National Center on Education and the Economy external site

The National Center on Education and the Economy prepared a background paper for the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. The paper, America in the Global Economy(Uhalde & Strohl, 2006), merges O*NET occupational data with earnings and education data provided by the Current Population Survey (CPS) to identify competencies and skills which are highly valued by employers. The paper goes on to describe a model for determining the probability of off-shoring jobs based on similar merging of O*NET occupational attributes and CPS data.

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