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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To obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the plumbing craft especially in the detail field and what must be emphasized in a plumbing course of study. In conjunction with Holland's Personality Type Test was able to accurately determine the personality type of students in the plumbing class. This information was also useful for researching student's vocational plumbing identity.
TUcareers.com is researching and building an analytic based framework that is built on O*NET and which can enhance the decision support it provides. One of the main goals is the adoption of O*NET in an International and multi cultural context especially for use in emerging economies (like India) where minimal research exists in career and education related decision making.
The O*NET occupational taxonomy is used as a framework for identifying predictors of performance in the United States Air Force roles of remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) pilot and sensor operator (SO).
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.
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.
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.
Perfila from Geatecnologia
Geatecnologia offers Career Assessment in Spanish to students, and professionals. Most users are in Guatemala. O*NET tools are used to explore careers, and teach users how to make the best use of all the information available at O*NET. Responses are also connected to the World of Work Map. The Career Exploration is a tool for users of PERFILA, a career management platform for students looking for Internships, bringing together companies, professors, and students.
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.
Career Direct® Complete Guidance System from Crown Financial Ministries has bee O*NET data ever since it became available on CD-ROM. Its use of O*NET information has been integrated more directly with the guidance system since Career Direct went online a few years ago. Career Direct is a self-administered personality, skills, abilities, interests, and work/life values career guidance system. Because many of the system’s users have job titles with a religious element, Career Direct created a crosswalk, translating religious job titles to the closest O*NET occupations. This is similar to using the O*NET Code Connector between Military Occupational Codes and O*NET occupational codes. The system guides the user into exploring O*NET occupations that most closely align with their talents and personal goals.
NKOKA is a small technician training institution focused on training in a very specialized and technical environment in South Africa. This company used O*NET data related to the occupation Electronics Technicians to structure their training programs.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), a government agency attached to the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, has employed the O*NET Ability Profiler in its aptitude assessments of hundreds of thousands of high school students. In addition, TESDA distributed the O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler to regional, provincial, and district offices, as well as to their training institutions, as part of their e-Profiling program, targeting out-of-school youth, career shifters, course shifters, and unemployed adults.
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.
Automated Advisor from Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (CRESMET)
CRESMET is the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology at Arizona State University. CRESMET developed the Automated Advisor, an online tool that connects students’ results from the O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler to related O*NET-SOC occupations. The Automated advisor also directs students to related programs and schools.
Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization and the nation’s leading provider of training, employment, and community service for low-income older people. The primary program offered by Experience Works is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program, funded in part under Title V of the Older Americans Act, provides help to thousands of low-income individuals age 55 and older. Seniors benefit from training, counseling, and community service assignments at faith-based and community organizations prior to transitioning into the workforce. At Experience Works in Nebraska, O*NET information is used to create employment plans. Using O*NET OnLine, seniors can research job requirements, match requirements with their skills, define skill gaps, explore related occupations, and get help writing resumes.
The Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) provides accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational information to four target groups: middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, college students, and adult/agency users. Each version of the system is tailored to the needs of the specific group. This well-designed Web site includes special features, such as Spanish translations of the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Locator. Highlights include information on O*NET New and Emerging occupations, such as Music Therapists and Nanotechnologists, and occupational interviews with interview questions on how the occupation is going “green.”
ORCA, the Occupational Researcher's Computer Assist ant from State of Wa shington Employment Security Department
ORCA, the Occupational Researcher's Computer Assistant, a computer application was distributed by the State of Washington Employment Security Department to workforce development professionals. Occupational information featured in ORCA was extracted from O*NET. By combining an existing FoxPro software program with the O*NET database, the ORCA Team was able to deploy the new system at minimal cost, in record time. The program helped users to develop career options and generates a complete career development plan.
The Personal Success & Leadership Institute has developed the Personal Success & Leadership Workshop. This free service was created primarily for high school students, but is also available online to any adult who wishes to chart a path to success. The career exploration portion of the workshop uses the O*NET Interest Profiler as well as other links to O*NET Web sites.