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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CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, offers job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals the most comprehensive set of career resources and workforce information on the Web. O*NET products are integrated throughout the site, including the O*NET database, O*NET Career Exploration Tools, and O*NET Tools and Technology (T2).
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.
JobZone is a career information and management system for adult jobseekers used in all of New York’s regional One-Stop Employment Centers. The JobZone system provides information on over 900 occupations from the O*NET database, including military titles. JobZone tools allow users to assess career values, interests, and skills and apply the results to the job search process. There have been over one million portfolio accounts created within the two New York systems – JobZone a nd CareerZone (a career exploration system targeted to students)
mySkills myFuture is a Web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Investment. The site functions as a skills transferability tool, helping laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations and job openings to explore. Users enter the title of a current or previous job. The Web site responds with a list of occupations related to their experience through O*NET data on skills, knowledges, and abilities. Users can compare the list of occupations, view occupation details and compare skill requirements, learn about related licenses and apprenticeship programs, and apply for jobs in their local area.
Washington State Department of Personnel offers a Web site for human resources professionals, managers and supervisors, and state employees. In a section on competencies – “the measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors (KSABs) critical to successful job performance,” the site relies heavily on O*NET descriptions, data, and questionnaires – providing users with links to related O*NET Websites.
E-Career Guidance.Com, Ltd. (ECG) is an Irish company that provides vocational and career counseling services. They developed an online career exploration tool, the CareerDecisionMaker® (CDM), which assesses a client’s standing on variables from four domains: vocational interests, work values, personality, and skills. The client’s score profile is matched to score profiles for occupations. The occupations having profiles that correspond most closely to the client’s profile are presented as career options that the client might explore. ECG linked the CDM to the O*NET database and its occupations from the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). Scores from two of the CDM domains link directly to O*NET data for Interests and Work Values. The CDM skills and personality domains, however, differ from the O*NET Skills and Work Styles domains (i.e., they are based on different taxonomies). ECG contracted with Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to develop skills and personality profiles for O*NET’s SOC occupations that are commensurate with the CDM skills and personality profiles. In addition, HumRRO devised a profile matching algorithm that permits use of the entire four-domain CDM profile to identify promising career options for ECG’s clients. All project activities (e.g., development of stimulus materials for O*NET analysts, summary of personality ratings provided by O*NET analysts, data analysis, development of the profile-matching algorithm) are documented in a technical report (McCloy, Byrum, Munoz, & Tsacoumis,2006).
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.”
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!"
Corporate Gray Online is a Web site devoted to linking employers with transitioning or former military personnel. The online tool complements the organization’s military-to-civilian career transition books and Corporate Gray job fairs. The Web site provides users with a link to the O*NET OnLine Crosswalk Search. Users enter a military job code or 35 title and may view detailed occupational data on related civilian occupations.
Choices® Planner from Bridges Transitions
Choices® Planner by Bridges Transitions provides the tools needed for students to build personalized plans for college and careers. An online career information delivery system, Choices Planner integrates O*NET data, as well as the O*NET Career Exploration Tools, into their online program. Bridges Transitions has included Spanish translations of all O*NET components so the system can be used by both English and Spanish speakers.
Gadball.com from Data Frenzy
Data Frenzy’s Gadball.com is a free career portal for job seekers and One Stop Centers. One feature of Gadball.com is the Resume Builder, integrated with O*NET data to provide expertly written text describing occupational responsibilities, duties, and tasks. With one click, job seekers can add any of this text to their resumes, creating a professional, detailed resume in minutes. Resumes are given a score identifying how well the content of the resume fits the selected occupational category. The program provides tips for improving low scores. GadBall.com also provides an O*NET interest assessment which links clients to relevant O*NET occupations.
Strategic Advantage from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI)
Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) has developed a system that allows users to target competency gaps through a unique way of visualizing the makeup of occupations. Using O*NET knowledges, skills, and abilities data, EMSI’s Strategic Advantage is a Web-based analysis platform for use by workforce development and education professionals. It provides the data needed to help these professionals make informed decisions necessary for regional growth and development.
Kuder Journey offers an intuitive Web site with personalized content which helps job seekers plan for a career, make a career change, and keep their career on track. Users can easily navigate a flexible step-by-step process to take career assessments, explore new options using their transferable skills, make plans to further their education and training, prepare for job opportunities, and develop a shareable e-Portfolio. Kuder Journey relies on O*NET occupational data.
Metrix Learning SkillUp is a service designed for the One Stop system that provides job seekers with unlimited access to over 5,000 courses to upgrade their current skills and learn new skills. SkillUp integrates online course delivery with skill assessments, helping clients set job goals using O*NET information and connecting to local job opportunities.
MyPlan.com is a comprehensive preparation Web site for school curriculum planning and career exploration. It presents valuable information to job seekers and students who want to make informed career-planning decisions. It is integrated with O*NET data as well as career videos and salary statistics in an easy-to-view format.
OptimalResume™ provides colleges and universities with a customizable, comprehensive, Web-based application for students to create, present, and manage resumes. OptimalResume has integrated portions of the O*NET database into their online application. Students can reference O*NET information to create targeted resumes for specific employers and occupations. The Web application makes it easy to search careers by job family, high growth industry, or STEM discipline and view key occupational information, such as required tasks, knowledges, skills, abilities, and work activities.
SkillSoft Courseware has created a product integrated with the METRIX Learning Platform (a system based on the O*NET database) which provides job seekers an efficient way to seek online learning and training opportunities through One Stop Centers. Job seekers at One Stop Centers can electronically assess their job skills, identify skill gaps, and develop a learning plan related to their occupational goals. The skills needed to perform occupations in the O*NET database have been mapped to more than 5,000 SkillSoft online courses, making it easy for job seekers to identify and minimize skill gaps. Through this innovative system at One Stop Centers, state governments are providing job seekers the technology-based training they need to fill skill gaps and reenter the workforce.
Alabama’s ACLMIS' Dislocated Worker System is a Web-based system providing assistance to individuals who have lost their jobs due to permanent layoffs or plant closings. Its skill survey questionnaire is based on O*NET data (abilities, knowledges, skills, and work activities). The system uses the O*NET occupational classification system for easy linkage to Alabama's labor market information. The ACLMIS System allows users to research occupations, analyze their skills to find suitable occupations, or find occupations similar to their current occupation.