O*NET IV: Ways to Use Occupational InformationO*NET Online, the application for the general public that facilitates access to the O*NET database, provides an overview of specific ways in which employers, employees, and job seekers can use O*NET's rich compilation of occupational information.
Employers can use O*NET occupational information to:
- Develop job descriptions
- Expand the pool of qualified applicants for open positions
- Define employee and job-specific success factors
- Align organizational and employee development efforts with the organization's needs
- Refine recruitment and training goals
- Design effective compensation and promotion systems
- Find out which jobs fit with their interests, skills, and experience
- Explore growth career profiles using the latest available labor market data
- Research a targeted job and related occupations to learn what is needed for success
- Maximize earning potential and job satisfaction
- O*NET Interest Profiler (paper-based and online) see footnote 2 in yesterday's post.
- O*NET Work Importance Locator (paper-based) and O*NET Work importance Profiler (computer-based) measures six types of work values: Achievement, Independence, Recognition, Relationships, Support, and Working Conditions.
- O*NET Ability Profiler measures nine work-related abilities: Verbal Ability, Arithmetic Reasoning, Computation, Spatial Ability, Form Perception, Clerical Perception, Motor Coordination, Finger Dexterity, and Manual Dexterity.
I would mention that when I experimented with the O*NET Skills Search tool, I did not find it very helpful for homing in on occupations that were actually appealing to me. I ended up with long lists of often-unsuitable occupations.
The Tools and Technology Search seems more helpful. It lets you search for high-demand occupations that make use of tools (e.g., machine tools, MSExcel, CAD software, etc.) that you are already proficient in or intend to learn.