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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Keys2Work, a private, nonprofit organization, offers a community-based assessment and career development system that helps students, job seekers, employers, and providers of education and training. Using work-related skills assessments and online tools powered with O*NET data, the system demonstrates the relevance of school subjects to future careers and earnings, thereby contributing to talent development in schools. Using ACT’s WorkKeys, students assess important work-related skills and match them to occupations. Keys2Work links these occupations to O*NET data, expanding students’ perspectives, allowing them to explore a wider range of occupations and obtain extensive information about them. Students can learn about common tasks and work activities; other knowledge, skill, and educational requirements; and interest profiles of workers. O*NET data provide the connection to related information on wages and employment outlook. Using O*NET data, Keys2Work shows students that what they earn in the future depends directly on the skills they acquire in school.
Using O*NET and mySkills myFuture in your Re-employment Campaign from Charlotte Works
Charlotte Works conducts a workshop for job seekers entitled “Using O*NET and mySkills myFuture in your Re-employment Campaign.” The workshop focuses on the O*NET Online Database demonstrating how job seekers can use the site to assist in resume development, career planning, utilization of interest and values assessments, and understanding occupations where they can use their transferable skills. Job seekers also use the partner web site, mySkills myFuture, with a focus on finding employment opportunities. Clients are always amazed to discover the usefulness of the O*NET Online Database for their re-employment campaign. O*NET data is also a primary source for training plan development and determining skills gaps.
The Job Skills Transfer Assessment Tool (JobSTAT) from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
The Job Skills Transfer Assessment Tool (JobSTAT) is a Web-based tool offered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Users begin by entering the title of their current or previous job, or selecting an occupation title from a list of O*NET occupations. JobSTAT matches the user’s marketable skill attributes against existing job openings that require similar skills.
BrowseCareers.com is an informal career browsing engine dedicated to quick, early analysis of career options. BrowseCareers.com consolidates a variety of O*NET data tables to facilitate career searching based on the user’s personal characteristics. For example, interests can be used as a filtering criteria to show only those careers associated with the user’s interests. There are a number of criteria types to filter on, including personal style, knowledge, and skills, and more generally on salary, expected growth rate, and whether or not a career is considered 'green'. At any point, users can link to any of the O*NET published details for a given career. BrowseCareers.com is intended for use by students and career changers as an initial step in their career search process.
The Workforce Oklahoma Career Connection Center One-Stop partner agencies are using the O*NET Program in a broad effort to identify and meet specific employer needs in a timely, effective, and cost-efficient way. The center uses a survey of employer needs in customizing a service mix to meet these specific needs. O*NET information is built into this survey to help employers clearly define their employment needs by job title and skill bundles. For one such employer, center staff developed a series of job descriptions for skilled welders. These job descriptions were used as a basis for an in-house certified training program for welders.