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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Welfare to Work Program
The Welfare to Work Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has developed a set of binders that contain lists of O*NET occupational tasks. Clients hoping to reenter the workforce can compare their previous job experiences to the lists in the binders and select common tasks to include on their resumes. If the client does not find their particular set of skills in the prepared binders, they are referred directly to O*NET OnLine. Using O*NET OnLine, clients find the lists of In Demand occupations to be helpful as well.
Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) works with a network of 78 local Job Centers (the equivalent of One-Stops) across the state. Each has a resource area and a mission to provide high-quality career information to job seekers and other customers. In many of the centers, local staff wanted or needed to become more knowledgeable about the career development needs of diverse clients and the array of resources available to assist them. To help staff improve their career development skills and services, DWD’s Division of Workforce Solutions developed a 3-day, competency-based training curriculum that includes an introduction to O*NET information. Students use O*NET OnLine, the O*NET Work Importance Locator, and the O*NET Interest Profiler. Staff have discovered that these O*NET tools provide a good foundation for approaching the career exploration process.
The Workforce Central Florida online tool provides employers assistance with their recruitment, retention, and training needs. Employers can post job opportunities and search the resume job bank. The Web site provides access to numerous human resources topics, articles, and other resources. Job seekers can post resumes, search the job bank, and keep abreast of career-related seminars, articles, and services. The Web site provides links to O*NET data and O*NET-based career tools.
The Workforce Development Council in Snohomish County, Washington has recently developed a career information system called Career Trees. The council created a front-end interface that links directly to O*NET OnLine. Their decision to use O*NET Online was based on familiarity with the application during years of use in One-Stop centers. Their goal was to create a workforce development system for Snohomish County that is:
- 100% globally competitive,
- able to meet industry needs by filling 100% of jobs with qualified candidates,
- able to help 100% of job candidates obtain and retain employment, and
- able to help 100% of businesses and job candidates to continuously enhance their productivity and prosperity.
This new initiative provides visual representations of educational, training, and apprenticeship pathways in nine local high-growth industry sectors. The following sectors are represented:
- Bio-Tech & Bio-Medical Devices
- Business Services
- Health Services
- Public Services
- Tourism / Hospitality Services
On the Web site, the user selects a job sector and is then presented with the option to select an O*NET Job Zone and view a list of occupations within that Zone. Clicking on an occupation’s title takes the user to O*NET OnLine and complete information about the occupation.
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.