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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A developer in India wrote to O*NET Customer Service with the following remarks: “I am interested in the copy of software codes of the career exploration tools - Computerized Interest Profiler (CIP), Ability Profiler (AP) and Work Importance Profiler (WIP). As a counselor, I have been working in the field of education and career guidance for a number of years in Chandigarh (Northern part of India). I have plans to launch a career planning and development website to streamline and expand my business operations. I intend to adapt these tools with my system, so that I may be able to use it to help students make an ideal career choice to match their interests and values.”
Assessment Associates International (formerly Human Resource Consultants) has developed the Work Behavior Inventory (WBI), an assessment to measure Work Styles in employees. Work Styles are important characteristics related to competencies that underlie work performance. The WBI assesses Work Styles as defined in the O*NET system and provides the user with information that can be used to:
- focus and guide leadership development efforts,
- pinpoint specific strengths that may help with career advancement,
- identify areas for training and skill enhancement,
- identify work environments that may support success for the individual, and
- help guide career choice and transition decisions.
The corporation, Business and Legal Reports, uses O*NET data in the Job Description Manager module of its HR.BLR.com Web site. O*NET descriptors included in the Job Description Manager are occupation title, position summary, tasks, skills, attributes, and experience and education.
The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri was called on to provide data to attract a germanium wafer (a solar cell semiconductor component) manufacturer to Quapaw, Oklahoma. Oklahoma is part of a four-state WIRED region, so workforce data on all four states was analyzed, using EMSI’s labor market tool, Strategic Advantage. Strategic Advantage uses O*NET data to define the knowledges, skills, and abilities available to employers in a region. With this data, the WIB was able to clearly demonstrate the skills and availability of workers in the area. The manufacturer was convinced that the small town of Quapaw had the necessary workforce, resulting in a $51 million investment and 250 new jobs.
iNQUATE Corporation has incorporated O*NET data into its human-capital software application. With a patent pending, iNQUATE is an integrated seven-module application that accommodates the development and communication of corporate goals and objectives, automates the performance management process, and engages managers in the best use of human capital while these managers analyze costs associated with maintaining a workforce. iNQUATE integrates with onsite databases or information available from external providers through Web services. All iNQUATE’s seven modules work together to simplify the process and eliminate duplication of information and effort.