O*NET® in Action

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:

  • Job Descriptions
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Organizational Structure and Design
  • Job Design and Job Reengineering
  • Organizational Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Career Development
  • Workforce Development
Sample page from Employers’ Quick Reference Guide to O*NET

Employers’ Quick Reference Guide to O*NET

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.

OnLine Guided Tour

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.

O*NET at Work

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.

Sample page from HR Planning, Employee Reskilling and Retention

The Job Description Writer external site 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.

The O*NET Content Model

Provides both graphic and written descriptions of the conceptual framework that underlies the O*NET database.

O*NET Questionnaires

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.

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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.

O*NET's Role in Regional Economic Development
WIBs Using O*NET for Gathering and Dispensing LMI
O*NET's Role in Community Colleges
O*NET and the Real Game
WIBs Using O*NET for Regional Economic Development
Assisting At-Risk Youth with O*NET
O*NET's Role in Assisting Workers Displaced by the BP Oil Spill
Benefiting Clients through a Welfare-to-Work Program with O*NET
Using O*NET as the Basis for Labor Market Information
Assisting Persons with Disabilities Using O*NET
Assisting the Visually Impaired in Career Planning and Job Seeking
How O*NET Information Benefits Clients
Helping Military Members Transition to the Civilian Workplace
Guiding Individuals through Their Career Journey Using O*NET
Using O*NET to Create Resumes
The Role of O*NET in Attracting Green Companies
Using O*NET to Provide Job-Search Assistance to Young People with Disabilities

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.

Sample career ladder/lattice

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:

  • attract individuals to an industry by showing potential career progression beyond entry points,
  • focus workforce development efforts,
  • show workers how different jobs interconnect within careers in an industry, and
  • inform workers about the training, education, and developmental experiences that would enable them to accomplish their career objectives.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Competency Model Clearinghouse external site features a 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 external site page.