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.
Texas Cares was developed by the Texas Workforce Commission/Career Development Resources (TWC/CDR) to help dislocated workers transition to new careers. The system includes O*NET Career Exploration Tools, Texas labor market information and integrates skills standards and job analyses to meet the needs of the business community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strategic Workforce Assessment Project (SWAP) from The Texas Labor Market and Career Information Department (LMCI)
The Texas Labor Market and Career Information Department (LMCI) has infused all of its occupational information products with the O*NET database. One application is the Strategic Workforce Assessment Project (SWAP). SWAP uses the O*NET Detailed Work Activities (DWA) database as a proxy for occupational skill sets in the effort to identify the critical workforce needs of the state’s industry cluster initiative. LMCI staff performed an extensive analysis of how DWAs could be used as a foundation for an Internet application that automates a process of analyzing industry clusters, creating custom cluster staffing patterns, and building occupational skill sets. Related efforts include the assignment of DWAs to the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) and the regionalization of the O*NET DWA statements to match Texas employer hiring requirements. The goal is for Texas economic development programs to identify key industry clusters in their regions, to know the critical occupations for those clusters, and then to identify specific work activities that regional education and training systems must provide. SWAP’s goal is to connect education and the economy through an integrated data system. O*NET data provided a solid foundation on which to base this project.
Occupational Transferability Analyzer (OTA) from The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development created the Occupational Transferability Analyzer (OTA) using O*NET knowledge, skills, and abilities data. The OTA computes a single transferability score that allows users to consider the feasibility of moving from one occupation to another. The score ranges from -100 to +100 and provides a measure of the comparability between two different occupations based on knowledge, skill, and ability levels.
Valpar International manufactures and develops specialized test instruments and software that measure work-related skills. Their products are used worldwide in education, workforce development, and allied health. Valpar’s Aviator software uses the O*NET database in conjunction with various assessments to aid users in identifying occupations that fit their skills and interests. The following description is found on their Web site. Aviator's multifunctional approach encompasses aptitude assessment, two pictorial/audio interest surveys, and two databases - the standard and O*NET databases each with approximately 1000 jobs. Using Valpar's skills-based assessment foundation, this fast, reliable, valid tool is easy to administer and cost efficient. All sub-tests and surveys are computer-based and can be completed in a remarkable 60 minutes.
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."
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.