Employers, HR professionals, and job seekers can take advantage of O*NET products and research to achieve their goals. Learn more from the resources below.
The O*NET Toolkit for Business (PDF) provides a wealth of background information on the features of O*NET. It details O*NET's many uses for human resource professionals and employers including:
A brief overview of the features of O*NET, giving basic information on O*NET and how it serves as a resource to assist businesses with everyday needs, complete with brief instruction on how to get started.
A guided tour of the features and capabilities of O*NET OnLine, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the information available. This guided tour demonstrates how users can navigate through O*NET OnLine and provides real world examples of occupational and skills searches, or specific details of one or more occupations. This tool also describes O*NET OnLine's many resources on accommodations, disabilities, and workplace issues.
Two case studies provide an overview of how O*NET can be used in specific human resources and management functions. The case studies — Writing Job Descriptions and HR Planning, Employee Reskilling and Retention — provide step-by-step, detailed descriptions to demonstrate O*NET's use in specific business processes.
The Job Description Writer
is an online tool that uses O*NET data to help employers and human resource specialists write job descriptions. Users begin by selecting an occupation and are prompted to include statements about common skills, knowledge, tasks, work activities and work context to include in a job description. Users have the option to customize and save their final job description to their own computer.
Provides both graphic and written descriptions of the conceptual framework that underlies the O*NET database.
The O*NET Questionnaires are the generic forms of the questionnaires used in the O*NET Data Collection Program. These questionnnaires are a useful complement to the Toolkit, for better understanding the O*NET database. Visit the Questionnaires page for more information.
Employment professionals from around the country use O*NET information to help job seekers and others needing career guidance. Listen to their stories below on a variety of topics. Click any topic to play, download, or learn more about each podcast.
Rick Maher, CEO of Maher & Maher, explains the significant role of O*NET data in regional economic development.
Dr. Steve Turkoski, Chair of Region 10 Workforce Development Council and Adjunct Instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, shares information about how he gathers and uses LMI to promote the region and help form strategic partnerships. He talks specifically about his use and promotion of O*NET within the context of regional workforce development and economic growth.
Dr. John Rich, Counselor and Director of Career Services at Three Rivers Community College, focuses on O*NET's use with community college students. Dr. Rich uses O*NET resources to present career opportunities to students. He talks about his experiences and zeroes in on at least one student situation to explain in depth how he uses O*NET.
Phil Jarvis, Vice President, Global Partnerships, National LifeWork Center discusses O*NET's part in "The Real Game". Facilitated by a teacher, the Real Game allows youth to experience life in the future in terms of a real budget, real decisions about careers, and real solutions when things go wrong. Phil Jarvis explains how the O*NET database is incorporated into The Real Game and how students are directed to real-life careers based on O*NET data.
Jasen Jones, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri, explains O*NET's role in attracting new industry to the region around Quapaw, OK.
Diana Bailey, Workforce Development and Transition Coordinator, provides insight into how the State of Maryland is using O*NET products such as the Career Exploration Tools to assist at-risk youth as they transition into the workplace. She also shares insights on the use of O*NET's tools in the adult prison system.
Cliff Atkinson of EmployFlorida talks about the effects of the BP Oil Spill on Florida's Gulf Coast, the impact on workers, and how O*NET is being used in Florida's jobs database to assist workers displaced by the oil spill.
Contextual Remediation Instructor Kelly Reed describes how she uses O*NET information to benefit clients in a welfare-to-work program.
Web and Database Manager Ben Garcia explains how the Colorado Labor Department uses O*NET as the basis for its labor market information, keeping its system updated with the most current data.
Disability Program Navigator Steve Hughes details how O*NET can assist persons with disabilities.
Professional Placement Coordinator Dana Barber details the use of O*NET occupational information to assist the visually impaired in career planning and job seeking.
Area Program Manager Mike Tillotson explains how O*NET information benefits clients of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Local Employment Representatives Keith Brandon and Bobby Johns explain how O*NET information can help assist military members in transition.
Job Developer Donna Flisack discusses using O*NET to guide individuals through their careers.
Business owner Robin Schlinger shares her use of O*NET information to craft powerful resumes.
Vice President of Customer Solutions Isaac Grauke describes how EMSI used O*NET to create products that attract green companies.
Vocational Specialist J.R. Mooney discusses how he and his team use O*NET to help young people with disabilities in the job search process.
Career ladders and lattices are devices that help people visualize and learn
about the job options that are available as they progress through a career.
Career ladders and lattices consist of a group of related jobs that comprise
a career. They often include a pictorial representation of job progression
in a career as well as detailed descriptions of the jobs and the experiences
that facilitate movement between jobs. Career ladder/lattices are not
necessarily organization-specific; they frequently span multiple
organizations because movement within one organization may not be possible.
Career ladders display only vertical movement between jobs. In contrast,
career lattices contain both vertical and lateral movement between jobs and
may reflect more closely the career paths of today's work environment.
Career ladders/lattices may be used in a variety of ways. For example, they
may be used to:
The U.S. Department of Labor's Competency Model Clearinghouse
tool that enables customers to incorporate O*NET occupations and information
within a customized Career Ladder or Lattice. To view examples of Career
Ladders/Lattices as well as to access the tool, see the Sample Career Ladders/Lattices