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Workshop 6 (half day)

O*NET Products and Tools: What’s New and What’s Useful for Your Research and Practice

Presenters: David W. Rivkin, National Center for O*NET
  Phil M. Lewis, National Center for O*NET Development
  Kenneth Pearlman, Independent Consultant
Coordinator: Tom Giberson, Oakland University

O*NET is a government-funded online database that houses job-related information on hundreds of jobs in the United States. This workshop provides an overview of O*NET as well as specific applications for its content and technology. Through this workshop, participants will be oriented to the various components and tools within O*NET as well as how the data are collected. The primary focus of this workshop will be how O*NET can be used to support your research and work-related efforts. Finally, participants will learn how to provide input to the system, and what the future holds for O*NET.

This workshop is designed to help participants:
• Describe the O*NET products and tools
• Use O*NET research, information, and classifications to advance research and provide quality work products
• Provide input into the O*NET system
• Utilize O*NET data and tools to support research and operational work needs

David W. Rivkin has over 20 years of experience in manpower analyses and development.  As the technical officer for the Center for O*NET Development, Mr. Rivkin directs efforts related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) and its related products and tools. His work with the O*NET program includes designing O*NET data collection methodologies, implementing national occupational surveys, and developing user tools to ensure widespread adaptation of O*NET information. He has many years of consulting experience in assessment development and validation, training program design and implementation, and performance evaluation systems development.   

Phil M. Lewis currently works as a technical officer for the National Center for O*NET Development where he designs, adapts, evaluates, and reports on a complex, multifaceted occupational information data collection and dissemination program, as well as career assessment/guidance systems.  He serves as lead to Center and contract staff in completing all technical projects related to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the nation’s primary source of occupational information.  He is instrumental in the design of products and policies that effectively facilitate the dissemination of O*NET information to a wide variety of stakeholders including businesses, students, educators, job seekers, HR specialists, product developers, economic/regional developers, and researchers.

Kenneth Pearlman is currently an independent consultant following a 27-year career at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies. He has specialized in assessment and selection system development and validation, work- and skill-analysis system design, and employee survey design and use, and has consulted and published widely in these areas. Dr. Pearlman has been involved in a number of federal and military work analysis and assessment-related initiatives, including membership on the Federal Advisory Panel on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (APDOT), which created the blueprint for the O*NET Content Model; consultation to the National Skills Standards Board; evaluation of the Department of Defense’s human capital strategy and employee survey operations; and service on review and advisory panels for HumRRO and U.S. Army Research Institute personnel selection and work analysis research projects.  He is a Fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS. He received his PhD in I-O psychology from The George Washington University.


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