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DOL launches new online tool for job seekers

September 7th, 2010  |  Connie Eyer

 A new website, launched by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, will allow job applicant-wannabes to match their current skills to new careers and find out what training is needed to transition from one job to another. Called “mySkills myFuture” (www.myskillsmyfuture.org), this new online tool helps users to access job postings within a desired location radius; in addition, job descriptions, salary information, common job tasks and related training opportunities for short-term programs provided by local community colleges and other postsecondary schools are also included.

 “Americans deserve good jobs, and mySkills myFuture is one of the ways we’re ensuring they can find and access them,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The mySkills myFuture portal personalizes job searches. It allows people to explore work possibilities based on their experience, strengths and interests. It also connects them with high quality training programs and provides localized job postings.”

 The new site’s features include: (1) detailed information about occupational skills that can be transferred from one job to another; (2) a side-by-side comparison chart of likely skill gaps from one occupation to another; and (3) links to local training programs that are available to help fill skill and knowledge gaps.

 The online program is based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network, known as O*NET, and the National Labor Exchange. Data from O*NET includes the required knowledge, skills and abilities for more than 900 occupations, which helps identify transferable skills and skill gaps among different occupations. The National Labor Exchange is a service of DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit consortium of more than 550 leading U.S. corporations.