Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner LEAP


Now in its Second Edition, the best-selling LEAP helps dislocated workers and UI claimants rank and cope with key issues faced after a layoff and develop a reemployment plan.

  • 3 steps
  • Assesses job search and life barriers in 8 critical areas
  • Guides workers in creating a reemployment action plan tailored to their needs


Your Employment Search YES


YES measures and transforms job-search readiness and effectiveness. No matter where job hunters are in their work search, YES leads to a ready-to-use job-search strategy.

  • 3 steps, plus an employment search strategy summary
  • Teaches proven job-seeking skills in 5 key areas
  • Guidance for developing a personal employment search strategy


Career Action Resources: Creators of Self-Assessments Used in Workforce Development, Employment Programs, & Career Services

Career Action Resources LLC is the creator of the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES). LEAP and YES are best-practice self-assessments that guide job hunters and the unemployed in job search and reemployment planning.

LEAP and YES are helping thousands of job seekers across the nation in workforce agencies, employment programs, and career centers.


Career Action Blog

In honor of all our veterans on Veterans Day, Career Action Resources offers this list of helpful veterans resources on transitioning from the military, finding a job, starting a new career, going back to school, obtaining benefits, and more. The information and links came from the U.S. Department of Labor’s website and other government sources.Reemployment Deployment for U.S. Veterans [Career Action Resources Blog]

Learn About Unemployment Compensation 

If you’ve recently left the military, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers (UCX). Check with a local American Job Center. Bring your Form DD-214.

Translate Military Experience to a Civilian Career

Check out the Military to Civilian Occupation Translator. This tool matches skills learned in the military with civilian careers that use similar skills.

Consider Specific Career Programs

  • Helmets to Hardhats connects National Guard, Reserve, and retired and transitioning active-duty military with training and opportunities in the construction industry.
  • Military to Mariners connects veterans to careers in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
  • Troops to Teachers helps current and former military begin careers as public school teachers.
  • Veterans in Piping offers training and jobs in the pipe trades to veterans.

Visit Veterans ReEmployment Site by U.S. Department of Labor

You’ll obtain useful information at the Veterans ReEmployment site, including job search tips and information about going back to school.

Find a Variety of Assistance for Your Life and Career

  • offers a quiz to help veterans learn about government benefits eligibility.
  • eBenefits is an easy way to manage benefits, claims, and documents.
  • The U. S. Department of Labor’s Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 veterans with services to succeed in the job market.
  • National Resource Directory connects veterans and their families with those who support them.
  • Veterans Employment Center gives information and links to help veterans find career opportunities. The site includes a job bank and resume builder.

Participate in Transition Assistance Program (TAP) 

The Transition Assistance Program seminar is a three-day workshop to prepare separating service members for career and education choices. To find a TAP workshop, contact a local American Job Center or a local Veterans Affairs office.

Look into VA Programs for Returning Service Members

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Returning Service Members website to learn about programs to help with job, education, and other benefits.

Consult Transition Centers for Help with Transitional Needs

Thank You, Veterans!

Thank you to all our veterans for their service! Happy Veterans Day from Career Action Resources, creator of Your Employment Search (YES) and Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP).


Are you amazed at the poor voicemail messages left by job seekers? When job hunters leave rushed or unclear messages, they may kill their chances of getting hired. Many people feel it's unnecessary to leave voicemails because their caller ID will show up on a person's phone. Although this casual approach may work among friends, that's not the case in a job search. In addition, quick and easy texting and messaging have caused many job seekers to become unaccustomed to leaving professional voicemails.

Help Your Job Seekers Leave Professional Voicemails [Career Action Blog]

In your job search training and workshops, consider including these tips from Career Action Resources on how to make professional phone calls and leave good voicemail messages for potential employers, human resources departments, staffing agencies, recruiters, networking contacts, and possible references:
  • Think through your call's purpose. Are you following up on a resume? Are you returning a call to set up an interview? Are you asking someone to be a job reference? Jot down the reason for your call and what you want to say.
  • Decide how to identify yourself. Is your name sufficient? Consider adding information, such as "I am the job candidate you called this morning" or "Jane Smith suggested I call about your job opening for a bookkeeper." Say your name clearly at the beginning of the message and repeat it at the end.
  • Remember to give your phone number. Leave your phone number, including area code. Say it slowly at the beginning and end of the message. Make it easy for the other person to return your call.
  • Practice 3 scenarios before making the call. What will you say if the person answers? What will you say if you get voicemail? What will you say if someone else answers the phone?
  • Get ready to make the call. Find a quiet spot, keep your purpose in mind, gather notes and a pen, and remember to sound upbeat and professional. If calling by cell phone, be sure you have a good signal. Although you don't want to leave a lengthy message, avoid rushing so you won't sound garbled.

Want to give your job hunters the best advice for standing out and developing job search skills? Consider Your Employment Search (YES), a career assessment and job search planning tool by Career Action Resources. Workforce development and career services professionals can request a complimentary YES sample.


If you’ve worked with job seekers for any length of time, you most likely are familiar with the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ). Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the U.S. Department of Labor), the OOQ was a full-color magazine that came out four times a year. For many years, the editors at Career Action Resources subscribed to the OOQ and looked forward to its articles that used occupational data and information in a nontechnical, interesting way. When the OOQ went online for free, we ceased our print subscription, as many others most likely did also.OOQ Is Now Career Outlook [Career Action Blog]

Recently the OOQ was reborn online as a new BLS publication called Career Outlook. “Career Outlook has a new name, a new look, and new features for students, career counselors, job seekers, researchers, and others,” writes BLS Commissioner Erica L. Groshen in the Commissioner’s Corner blog. “Career Outlook provides helpful information about choosing an occupation, changing careers, understanding education and training options, and more,” Commissioner Groshen explains.

The new Career Outlook provides the same types of articles as the OOQ. If you were an OOQ reader, the Career Outlook features described in the Commissioner’s Corner blog will sound familiar. The new Career Outlook includes the following elements:

  • Feature articles provide interesting, detailed, and helpful studies of occupations, industries, employment projections, and career planning. For example, “Working for the Federal Government” is the current feature article on the Career Outlook home page. Other articles on the current home page include “Education Level and Jobs: Opportunities by State” and “Careers in Law Firms.”
  • “You’re a what?” profiles unique or interesting occupations, such as a font designer and golf ball diver. Grant writers are profiled on the Career Outlook home page as of this writing.
  • “Interview with a…” describes a worker’s career path in a question-and-answer format. On the current Career Outlook home page, a nursing instructor explains her career background. Questions include the following: What do you teach? Did you always know this was what you wanted to do? How did you get this job? What about networking? What’s your best advice for aspiring nurses or nursing instructors? The interview is accompanied by BLS Fast Facts, which list wages, employment projections, and top-employing industries for nursing instructors and teachers.
  • “Data on display” visually depicts and analyzes useful data. The current Career Outlook features a chart titled “Education Still Pays.”
  • Quick Tip links to helpful websites for more career and education information.

We are happy to see many fine articles from past issues of the OOQ linked on the Career Outlook site. You can also click the Archives tab to access past OOQ articles on career fields, career planning (including job search and skill-related topics), work options (such as flexible jobs and part-time jobs), benefits and pay, education and training, and data.

Like the OOQ that preceded it, Career Outlook articles are written in clear, plain language and offer helpful and understandable occupational data. New articles are posted to Career Outlook frequently, according to the site. No more waiting for the next edition of the OOQ, which always seemed a season late by the time we received the latest quarterly issue by U.S. Mail. Finally, you can subscribe to Career Outlook updates at the site and use the social media buttons at the bottom of the site's home page to share content.

Be sure to add Career Outlook to your list of job seeker tools. Career Action Resources congratulates the BLS for creating this new resource for the benefit of job hunters, career changers, students, and the workforce development and career professionals who teach, assist, and guide them.


“We love LEAP. It helps the unemployed think of the many issues they are facing and verbalize what they are worried about. We wouldn’t get to some issues without LEAP because people are overwhelmed by stress. LEAP gives the unemployed a tool for moving forward.”
Workforce Program Administrator

“Shows job seekers where to begin and what priorities to focus on…makes the job search more productive.”
Diana Aughe, Career Coach

"LEAP showed me “where my needs are and where to get help.”
Dislocated Worker in Indiana