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.


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Looking to develop the job search readiness of participants in SNAP Employment and Training and other transition support programs? 

Your Employment Search (YES) is a quick, easy-to-use tool that measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas. 

In just a few steps, YES provides an assessment and proactive strategy for job hunting. Here are the key featuresBuilding Job Search Skills in SNAP Participants [Career Action Blog] of the YES career assessment, which is published by Career Action Resources, LLC:

  • Features a 6-panel foldout design, plus a perforated panel for job seekers to summarize their employment search strategy
  • Focuses on 5 important topics: career direction, attitude, active job search, job search tools, and employer communication
  • Helps job hunters manage their attitude and keep going despite rejection
  • Provides job search help, planning, and encouragement in one tool
  • Research-based; color-coded for easy use and self-scoring; shrink-wrapped in convenient packs of 50

In just a few steps, YES helps SNAP E&T participants to

  • Assess their job search methods and motivation
  • Evaluate where they need the most improvement
  • Learn effective job hunt essentials and skills
  • Create a job search strategy

If you are a workforce development professional working with SNAP E&T participants, please request a complimentary YES sample.

If your job search workshops have become rote and sleepy, it's time to revive them with an approach that creates job seeker interaction, plus results in individualized guidance tailored to every participant. Another benefit: you'll have consistent yet customized job search workshops, even when run by multiple trainers and staff.Run Consistent Yet Customized Workshops on Job Search Essentials [Career Action Blog]

This approach uses Your Employment Search (YES), an 8-panel foldout that participants complete in a workshop or other group setting and then take home for reference. YES can also be used in one-on-one, career coaching sessions.

In just a few steps, YES helps job seekers to

  • Assess their job search methods and motivation.
  • Evaluate where they need the most improvement.
  • Learn effective job hunt essentials.
  • Create a personalized job search strategy that can become part of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP).

Individualized services are a key theme under WIOA in the nation's workforce development system. YES helps you deliver individualized services on job search planning. A free YES Administrator's Guide is available upon YES purchase.


Here's what our customers are saying about YES:


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


“Great strategies for all the phases of the job search.” Jacquie Thomas, California State Library


“I use YES with teenagers and adults with disabilities during vocational evaluations / career assessments. Easy to read, easy to complete, and easy to score. Great inventory.” Workforce Program Administrator

“Thank you for creating such helpful reemployment tools." Workforce Program Administrator


Learn more about YES and request your complimentary YES sample today.


By Tom Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor


WIOA is part of a fundamental transformation in the way we prepare people for the careers of today and tomorrow. More than ever before, we're taking a job-driven approach, building unprecedented partnerships with employers and making sure training programs connect businesses that want to grow with workers who want to punch their ticket to the middle class.


We're also breaking down silos across the federal government and coordinating more closely with our regional and local partners to ensure the most effective, efficient delivery of services. As part of that process, we have been coordinating closely with our colleagues at the Education Department to develop new regulations, as required by the law, to fully implement WIOA through the workforce system.


These regulations are designed to update and streamline the system to better serve both job seekers and employers, improve accountability and transparency, increase access to work-based learning tools like apprenticeships, and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions. The rules will also improve access to education and workforce services for those who are too often on the sidelines--veterans, people with disabilities, disconnected youth and other vulnerable populations.Help Build Better Workforce System by Tom Perez [Career Action Blog]


With these rules in place, job seekers will have improved tools to identify and access training options and other employment services best suited to their needs. 


But the system works best when we're all committed to improving it. As we progress toward implementing WIOA, we're asking for your feedback. The proposed rules from the Labor and Education departments are currently available for review via the Federal Register


The comment period will open later this month, and the public will have 60 days from then to offer thoughts on how we build a better workforce system. Please take the time to participate in the process.


We've made enormous progress over the last several years to dig out of the recession and build a stronger, more resilient economy. WIOA will help us maintain that momentum in the years to come.

Note: This post is reprinted from the U.S. Department of Labor blog, dated April 2, 2015, with slight edits here for space.

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“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