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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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.
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.
Planning Your Career from Fairbanks Job Center
The Fairbanks Job Center in Fairbanks, Alaska offers a weekly workshop, Planning Your Career. The workshop draws young and old participants who explore careers by first taking the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Locator. The O*NET Ability Profiler is offered as well. The participants are given the O*NET Occupations Combined List to find occupations which match their results. They are shown how to use O*NET OnLine to explore occupations and select language for their resumes. Participants find that the O*NET Related Occupations and Tools and Technology features are very helpful. One client had acquired a computer science degree in the 1970s, with a minor in geology. He looked at O*NET Tools and Technology for geologists and discovered that the university had the courses and training he needed to work in the occupation. Building the required knowledge sets and skills while searching for a job in the appropriate O*NET occupations, he found a job as an entry level geologist.
Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation uses O*NET information for job matching, reemployment analysis, and business recruitment. O*NET data is embedded in FRED, the Florida Research and Economic Database. One key application is preparing labor supply studies for business recruitment. O*NET also plays a large role in Florida’s Reemployment LMI One-Stop Workshop. The workshop trains workforce development professionals to use the appropriate O*NET data sets and complementary tools for reemployment analysis: selecting the right tools, evaluating current skills, discovering transferable skills, studying related occupations, and finding growth industries. Workshop participants learn how to overlay pertinent local labor market information on the data from these dimensions of occupational information. The workshop enables staff members to help job seekers, employers, and workforce professionals to meet their respective challenges.
Maryland’s Columbia Workforce Center uses O*NET OnLine as an important component of their Early Intervention Workshop. Recipients of unemployment insurance receive instruction on how to find jobs, research job and employer requirements, and successfully compete for open positions. O*NET OnLine helps these job seekers build resumes by identifying tasks they have mastered on previous jobs. They are also encouraged to use the information in O*NET OnLine to prepare for interviews by thoroughly understanding the requirements of the occupation for which they are interviewing. Another key feature of the workshop is introducing the participants to the O*NET Career Exploration Tools as aids to making career path decisions.
Military Personnel in Transition at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, provides a comprehensive 5-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for personnel leaving military service. As part of this program, the Nebraska Workforce Development Labor Market Information Center presents information on career exploration, employment searches, and training opportunities in the civilian job market. O*NET OnLine is prominently demonstrated as a tool to help TAP participants relate their skills and military experience to appropriate occupations and learn about a wider range of career possibilities as they transition to civilian life and employment. Military personnel can thus tap into the entire range of O*NET occupational information to explore career possibilities in the civilian sector. O*NET OnLine is a key element of the TAP for military personnel in transition.