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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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LMI Gateway external site from Colorado Department of Labor and Employment external site

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment uses O*NET occupational information in its LMI Gateway Web site. This comprehensive online resource for career exploration and job searching integrates the O*NET database into its Career Informer service. In addition, users may complete a skills inventory that matches their skills to O*NET occupations. Job seekers often find their skills set is broader than they previously realized and that their skills are transferable to related occupations, opening up their job search to more possibilities.

Ability versus Personality: Factors that Predict Em ployee Job Performance from Center for Hospitality Research of Cornell University external site

The Center for Hospitality Research of Cornell University conducted a study titled, Ability versus Personality: Factors that Predict Em ployee Job Performance (Tracey, Sturman & Tews, 2007). The researchers used O*NET definitions, education and training requirements, tasks, and required knowledges, skills, and abilities as part of their research to test the hypothesis that cognitive ability is more important for predicting performance among inexperienced employees than among experienced employees in frontline restaurant jobs. In addition, they hypothesized that conscientiousness was more valid for predicting performance among experienced employees than inexperienced employees. These hypotheses were supported in their research.

Pathway Builder external site from Profiles International Educational Services Division

Provides participants with an interactive, comprehensive, online experience to plan and monitor their progress from high school through postsecondary education and into the workforce..

WorkSource external site

WorkSource in Florida is presenting O*NET Online resources to veterans in their Transitioning Assistance Program (TAP). Veterans are shown how to use O*NET information for identification of skills and resume development. The thorough understanding of occupational knowledges, skills, and abilities that veterans gain from O*NET OnLine custom reports improves their interview skills and helps them to overcome barriers to civilian employment.

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. external site

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. created a compatibility index (based on O*NET and a proprietary algorithm) to help assess whether or not two or more occupations match up in terms of required knowledge, skills, and abilities. In the article, "Three Scenarios Where Transferable Skills Data Helps Workforce Boards Get People Back to Work", they outline how this data can be valuable in three common scenarios: When a factory, plant, or other large employer shuts down, creating a high volume of dislocated workers. When a worker decides to transition into a new career. When a jobseeker is considering the pursuit of a particular career.

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