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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MI Advantage from Human eSources
MI Advantage™ from Human eSources reveals career options based on students’ multiple intelligences profiles. Students can research occupations and college majors then save notes and rate careers in their portfolio using the O*NET Database. The 15-minute assessment and report are written and normalized for students from 8th grade to college.
Do What You Are from Human eSources
Do What You Are® from Human eSources identifies a student’s personality type and matches their results to careers of interest that make the most of their natural talents. Students can research occupations and college majors then save notes and rate careers in their portfolio using the O*NET Database. The 15-minute assessment and report are written and normalized for students from 9th grade to college.
HRTMS, a developer of job information and description management software, uses the O*NET occupational taxonomy and Lay Titles database within its collaborative job description tool. A human resources professional begins the job description process by matching the job’s title to an O*NET Lay Title. The system then compiles task information for the O*NET occupation linked to that title, providing a descriptive foundation for collaboration with managers and training and development partners in tailoring the job description to the company’s needs.
OwlGuru.com from OwlGuru.com
OwlGuru.com is using O*NET data to help students to find a career that is right for them based on the RIASEC model. Additional filters like salary and education level are used.
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.
Fors Marsh Group has used O*NET data as the foundation of a career mapping program for the Department of Veterans Affairs (Mycareer@VA). O*NET job analytic data has saved the VA countless time and money in the initial development and maintenance of their program which serves over 300K+ employees of the VA as well as thousands of prospective applicants.
HR Avatar Pre-Employment Tests from HR Avatar, Inc.
HR Avatar has developed pre-employment tests that are based on O*NET’s job analysis data. Each animated test contains a cognitive simulation, a personality inventory, and knowledge questions. The tests are job specific and use O*NET data to determine which traits to measure within each test and to set the relative importance of all measured traits. Hiring managers select the test by job title and can send it to their job applicants. The job-specific tests and O*NET analysis are particularly helpful to small and mid-size companies who do not have the resources to conduct their own job analysis for every position.
JuvodHR from JuvodHR
JuvodHR has developed employee management software based on the O*NET database. The company’s premise is that software should empower employers to make smarter decisions about their employees so they can focus on their core business. In order for that to happen, JuvodHR built a platform to select and organize data from the O*NET database in a format that allows for generating quick, customized, job descriptions, job-based performance reviews, and corrective action notices. This platform connects a performance review directly to the job description. The software walks the user through the performance appraisal process without the need for an HR professional. A score is delivered at the completion of each performance review along with a ranking of employees by job type, allowing comparisons across the same or different jobs. This is a bonus that is only possible due to O*NET data as the basis for building the original job descriptions and providing the valid framework of consistency.
Purple Briefcase has recently signed up to use the O*NET Web Services to improve their career assessments. O*NET Web Services is an application programming interface (API) developers can use to display O*NET information in their applications and take advantage of tools such as the occupation keyword search featured in My Next Move and O*NET OnLine. Companies can also integrate O*NET tools into their own website or web-enabled application. Purple Briefcase is planning to incorporate the O*NET Interest Profiler within their website to help students choose their career path in today's job market.
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.
Manpower, a worldwide provider of high-value staffing services with nearly 1,100 offices in North America and 4,500 offices in 80 countries, provides jobs to 5 million persons every year and services more than 400,000 clients worldwide. The O*NET occupational and skills taxonomy helps Manpower match the right person to the right job. The O*NET system also offers a systematic structure that enhances Manpower’s analysis of the employment marketplace and its tracking of staffing trends. By incorporating O*NET structure into its procedures, Manpower has benefited by being able to:
- identify accurately the types of placements each field office makes;
- locate field offices where the highest need exists;
- more accurately consolidate information for various types of analysis, including marketing analysis; and
- begin the process of having Manpower offices in other countries map their occupations to O*NET, enabling Manpower to consolidate information for global reporting more efficiently.
Piedmont Natural Gas has used O*NET tools to help reduce turnover among entry-level employees. It has used O*NET Career Exploration Tools and occupational data to create a formal system to better match entry-level job applicants’ talents, abilities, and preferences with the duties and working conditions of the jobs for which they are applying. Part of the project included conducting a job analysis on each job family. In addition to employee surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, and job-specific training materials. Detailed Reports from the O*NET OnLine Web site provided information about the necessary knowledges, skills, and abilities for the targeted positions.
One-Stop Career Center from Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program , Inc.
Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. is a private non-profit agency that provides One-Stop Career Center services focused on the needs of businesses. It also serves job seekers and youth in 10 counties. The agency uses O*NET resources in multiple ways to help these diverse clients. To help businesses, O*NET information is often used as a starting point for customizing employer profiles and preparing job descriptions. O*NET data may also be used when employers seek their help with other human resources needs, such as succession plans and out-placement activities during downsizing or reorganizations.
Profiles International (PI) is one of several assessment companies that incorporates O*NET data in customized workforce development tools for public- and private-sector use. PI’s products are designed to help businesses improve their hiring practices, reduce turnover rates and costs, and enhance workforce harmony and performance. O*NET information is used extensively with the company’s clients, including a number of public workforce agencies. In PI’s system, job seekers begin with an assessment of their “soft skills,” such as job behavioral traits, thinking style, and occupational interests. Their results are matched to O*NET occupations and presented in a Career Compatibility Report. The report lists occupations that may be a good fit, explains how to use O*NET OnLine to obtain more information about the occupations, and explains the results of the assessment. PI sets up private Web sites for its clients on which managers can post their job openings and screen for suitable applicants. In addition, the site describes O*NET OnLine and how to use O*NET information in drafting position descriptions and in other human resources activities. This resource is especially helpful to small and mid-size companies without large human resources departments or formal position descriptions.
Trustmark Insurance Company uses O*NET OnLine to collect information on job titles, tasks, skills, and to access salary data. Human resources personnel use this information to describe tasks associated with sales support activities and to align managers’ job titles with appropriate occupations across industries. O*NET occupational descriptions and data help to determine appropriate salary ranges for company positions and provide validation of company salary survey data.
Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) from Wonderlic
Wonderlic is an organization that provides employment process solutions to thousands of employers worldwide. Wonderlic supports the entire employment process, from online recruiting to exit interviews. The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) measures a candidate’s basic verbal and math skills based upon job requirements. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test content and results are directly tied to the O*NET database.
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.
Campus ToolKit from Corvus LLC
Campus ToolKit, a product of Corvus LLC, includes a variety of modules to help students on campus assess their personality, manage their time and finances, and develop paths to success. The O*NET database, as well as the Work Importance Profiler and the Computerized Interest Profiler are integrated into modules of the ToolKit.
CareerNoodle by Transcend Innovation Group provides an online suite of career exploration and planning tools for middle, high school, and college students. CareerNoodle relies on modern learning theories and human-computer interaction principles so that students are engaged, motivated, and in control of their career exploration process. Interactive activities to measure student work interests and values are adapted from the O*NET Career Exploration Tools. Occupational data comes from the O*NET database. Transcend Innovation Group’s David Burns says, "We use O*NET data and the career exploration tools. ...Thanks for providing us with such wonderful tools and information!"
Career Ready 101 from KeyTrain
Career Ready 101 by KeyTrain is a program designed to provide an efficient and comprehensive career design/build experience for administrators, instructors, and students. The program addresses all aspects of career readiness training in one integrated system. O*NET data and O*NET career exploration tools are important components of the system. KeyTrain’s Stan Brodka says, "We have been tremendously impressed with the up-to-date nature and accuracy of O*NET data. This is the sort of element that helps learners see how their activities in KeyTrain and Career Ready 101 link to the real world. It adds real relevance in learning and is a great enhancement to our products."