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December 2017 Military Transition Search (as used in My Next Move for Veterans)

The focus of the My Next Move for Veterans site is career exploration, providing information on civilian occupations and tools to discover and compare the variety of career opportunities. Using the Military Transition Search as a starting point, a veteran may find their most satisfying match in a career that’s similar to, but not an exact equivalent for, their position in the military. Thus, a major goal of the search is to connect users to civilian career information as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Elements of the Military Transition Search are also used in O*NET OnLine and O*NET Web Services.

May 2017 A Weighted O*NET Keyword Search (WWS)

A keyword search is an important option for customers engaged in career exploration. Access to a search allows them to use titles or activities to generate a targeted list of occupations to potentially explore. Many general-purpose algorithms exist for searching large text documents; however, the smaller, highly structured text items included in the O*NET database call for different search techniques.

Several approaches have been used to produce a keyword search for finding O*NET occupations; this document outlines the past approaches and presents the latest algorithm used within the My Next Move, O*NET OnLine, and O*NET Code Connector applications. As with all O*NET products, the keyword search is subject to a continuous improvement philosophy, with search results and customer feedback used to drive potential future enhancements.

April 2016 Identification of “Hot Technologies” within the O*NET® System

This paper describes the O*NET Center’s initial identification of “Hot Technologies.” A “Hot Technology” is a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings. The concept of hot technologies was developed in order to enable a wide variety of customers to learn what types of software skills are in demand within the current United States economy. The hot technologies are incorporated within the primary O*NET websites. Hot technologies are distinguished by a fire icon. In the near future, the hot technology information will be available within the O*NET Web Services.

November 2015 O*NET Alternate Titles Procedures

O*NET Alternate Titles represent a list of alternate or lay titles that are linked to O*NET occupations, helping customers gain a better understanding of these occupations and aiding them in their occupational searches. This paper details the multi-method data collection approach used to populate the Alternate Titles. Data sources include incumbent/occupational expert data, employer job postings, Occupational Code Assignment (OCA) submissions, transactional analyses, customer and professional group requests, additional occupational classification systems, and other miscellaneous sources.

June 2015 Related Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Search

The Related Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Search at O*NET OnLine is a career exploration tool for workers looking to transition to a different occupation while leveraging their current experience with specific work activities. The tool allows a customer to select one or more detailed work activities from their current occupation. It then lists occupations which also perform one or more of the same activities. Using OnLine’s extensive report features, customers can explore listed occupations to find out more about the work duties, education requirements, job prospects, and other factors which influence their career decisions.

June 2015 Related Task Search

The Related Task Search at O*NET OnLine is a career exploration tool for workers looking to transition to a different occupation while leveraging their current experience with specific work occupational tasks. The tool allows a customer to select one or more occupation-specific tasks from their current occupation. It then lists occupations with tasks similar to the selected ones. Using OnLine’s extensive report features, customers can explore listed occupations to find out more about the work duties, education requirements, job prospects, and other factors which influence their career decisions.

June 2015 Tools and Technology Search

The Tools and Technology (T2) search in O*NET OnLine enables customers to explore careers through 60,000+ examples of machines, equipment, tools, and software used by workers on the job. Developers may use O*NET Web Services to include the search in their own applications. Because T2 examples are concrete and specific, workers can easily relate to the daily activities on the job. The specific examples are also classified within a multi-level hierarchy, which bridges together occupations with similar but not identical examples. This combination of specificity and broader connectivity makes T2 data well suited for a career exploration search.

April 2015 Ranking Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) Within O*NET® Occupational Profiles

This report describes the procedure used to rank order detailed work activities (DWAs) for each O*NET-SOC occupation. It also describes the steps taken in the development of the procedure.​

February 2014 Spanish Keyword Search (as used in Mi Próximo Paso)

Mi Próximo Paso is a career exploration website modeled after the English- language site My Next Move. A central feature of My Next Move is its keyword search, which suggests O*NET-SOC occupations based on a job title or descriptive phrase. Adapting the existing keyword search for a Spanish language website posed interesting challenges. This document outlines the search as implemented in Mi Próximo Paso. It also discusses some of the design decisions made, and testing methods used to ensure the accuracy and utility of the search results.