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 Planners 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 tools 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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Just as each individual needs certain skills to hold a job, he or she also needs effective skills to find a suitable job. In addition, each person has different job-search strengths and weaknesses, so learning how to effectively job search requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach.. Also, each job seeker different goals, so it is important for him or her to create a unique job-hunt game plan. Sound like an overwhelming process, especially when you serve so many people who are unemployed and looking for work?

That’s where Your Employment Search (YES), a concise and proven guide by Career Action Resources, can help.

YES fills the need for a concise, effective tool that

  • Gauges job seekers’ job-hunting skills
  • Covers productive job-hunting techniques and behaviors
  • Helps job seekers create a customized, proactive strategy to optimize their job search

yes!.pngBy using a combination of self-assessment and proven job-search guidance, YES opens job seekers’ eyes to the best methods for getting hired, plus fortifies job hunters to expect rejection, resist demoralization, and keep going. 

YES distills effective job-search techniques into a quick, easy-to-understand, and actionable format that personally engages each job seeker. YES features a six-panel foldout design, plus a micro-perforated panel (marked by red dots) for job seekers to summarize their customized employment search strategy for handy reference.

If individuals are just beginning the job hunt, YES improves job-search readiness by putting them on a path of effective action. If they have been job searching for a period of time, feel their search is stalled, are nearing the end of unemployment insurance benefits, or are among the long-term unemployed, YES helps individuals look at their employment search in a fresh, more active way. Individuals also gain insights into identifying jobs that suit who they are and what they need and want from work.

It is important to note that YES is not a test but rather a tool to help job seekers assess their job-search methods and create a strategy. Although YES is self-guiding and self-scoring and is easy for job seekers to interpret, it can help workforce development specialists, career counselors, job coaches, and other employment professionals to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a job seeker and to determine the areas in which a job seeker needs the most help. YES can provide insight into why individuals are not getting interviews or are not getting hired.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) recognizes that job seekers are individuals who may require tailored help that fits their situation and goals. YES guides individuals in assessing themselves and in determining the areas in which they require the most assistance and guidance. Armed with this information, a staff member and job seeker can more easily develop a plan tailored to the participant’s needs, concerns, barriers, and goals. 

Career and workforce development staff can request a complimentary YES review sample from Career Action Resources, LLC.

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) helps dislocated workers and unemployment insurance (UI) claimants take a leap forward in coping with a layoff and beginning a job search. With LEAP, the unemployed rank their key needs after a losing a job, get guidance and encouragement on their biggest concerns, and create a reemployment action plan under WIOA.

But that’s not all. Here are five points that you may not know about LEAP.

  1. LEAP Used in RESEA Programs. States are using LEAP in their Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) programs. A goal of the U.S. Department of Labor RESEA initiative is to connect with UI claimants by requiring them to create reemployment plans that include work search activities and American Job Center orientation/referrals. According the USDOL, identifying UI claimant’s needs and referring them to reemployment services have been proven effective. One study for the USDOL states that RESEAs are an effective strategy to speed reemployment of unemployed workers, reduce overpayments, and realize cost savings for the UI trust fund. LEAP can play an important role in the RESEA process by identifying UI claimants’ key needs and barriers, giving them useful information on careers and the job search process, referring them to American Job Center services, and guiding them in creating a personalized/tailored reemployment plan. According to an IMPAQ International report for the USDOL, LEAP is “innovative” and “assesses individuals in eight areas… Claimants total their scores in each section and then look to the back of LEAP for suggestions on how best to alleviate their concerns.” A second IMPAQ study reports that one state’s RESEA claimants had 3.13 fewer weeks of total UI duration compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per treatment group member. This amount exceeded RESEA costs by more than four times.
  2. LEAP Underwent Intense Development and Review. LEAP underwent intense development and review, and its creators at Career Action Resources adhered to strict developmental guidelines. The editors at Career Action Resources, who have 20 years of experience in the job search and career field, began reviewing the vast literature and research on the needs of dislocated workers. They created a draft version of LEAP using this information. After a draft version of LEAP was written, dislocated workers and workforce development professionals reviewed the text and completed a questionnaire on the items, scales, ease of use, and other details. After this review period, additional changes were made to the draft, including adding an education/training scale and other information. A professionally designed prototype of the six-panel foldout was reviewed by other workforce professionals, and additional changes were suggested and made. Positive reactions to LEAP during these stages encouraged the editors at Career Action Resources to continue its development. LEAP was printed and then pilot-tested with laid-off manufacturing workers. Other dislocated workers and workforce development staff received copies of LEAP for review. A similar process occurred for LEAP’s Second Edition. Career Action Resources continue to seek feedback from LEAP customers. Feedback on the usefulness of LEAP was and continues to be gratifyingly positive.
  3. LEAP Is Easy to Administer, Score, and Interpret. Because workforce development professionals are time-strapped, and because dislocated workers need to obtain services as soon as possible, LEAP had to be quick and not burdensome. The editors at Career Action Resources designed LEAP to be taken and to provide results in about a half-hour total. LEAP is completely self-administered, self-scoring, and self-interpreting, so workforce development professionals do not need special training to use LEAP with dislocated workers. LEAP can simply be handed out, or it can be used for an orientation meeting, Rapid Response session, RESEA meeting, workshop, or job club session, for example. Although no special training is required to administer LEAP, the LEAP Administrator’s Guide gives detailed background and guidance information.
  4. LEAP Offers Guidance Based on Individual Needs Under WIOA. LEAP gives workforce development professionals a unique way to interact and counsel job seekers and help them create unique employment plans based on their needs, as directed by WIOA. LEAP answers the key question of “What do I do now?” by helping laid-off workers discover their top problems and by providing suggestions for action. Although laid-off individuals have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, their problems vary depending on many factors, such as their financial situation, age, attitude, marketable skills, work history, education, knowledge of growing careers, knowledge of the job search process, and support systems, just to name some. A workforce professional who reviewed LEAP commented that dislocated workers are often overwhelmed by their situation but in different ways. Thus, the one-size-fits-all information that laid-off workers may have received in the past will not suit their needs completely or may not address certain personal issues and barriers. For example, if an individual is encouraged to start a job search but hasn’t defined her next career choice, she may flounder and quickly get frustrated. Or if a person can’t seem to take action on networking or writing a resume, he may need to acknowledge his lingering shock or the importance of managing his time by creating a job search schedule. As the anxieties after job loss mount, the newly unemployed may have difficulty sorting through their questions, options, choices, and fears. Creating an action plan for their next steps may be overwhelming. The situation may cause delays in seeking help and in being proactive on job search, financial, and personal fronts. LEAP provides laid-off workers with a vast amount of eye-opening information in a quick, easy-to-read format and pinpoints the reemployment help and other resources that each individual needs most.
  5. LEAP Includes Complimentary LEAP Administrator’s Guide. Career Action Resources offers a helpful LEAP Administrator’s Guide in PDF to LEAP purchasers. The guide gives details on LEAP’s development, scales, uses, administration, and much more.

Qualified workforce and career professionals can request a complimentary LEAP review sample. Request your LEAP sample now.

The 2018-2019 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) continues its long tradition as the go-to resource for job seekers, career changers, students, and anyone seeking reliable career information for decision making and planning. The OOH is free and is financed by U.S taxpayers through the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Now entirely online, the OOH includes information about 575 detailed occupations in 325 occupational profiles, covering about 4 out of 5 jobs in our economy. Each profile features new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)  projections, along with details on the job outlook, work activities, wages, education and training requirements, and more. In addition, the wage information in the OOH is now updated annually. 

Select profiles in the OOH include career videos produced by U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop. Links to videos appear on the Summary tab of profiles to the right of the Quick Facts box. 

Take a few minutes to become familiar with the OOH, and then be sure to share its wealth of facts and insights with job seekers and others you assist and serve.

Navigating the OOH Homepage

There are several ways to find career information about a detailed occupation:

  • Occupation Group Search. The OOH is broken into clusters of similar occupations. To find an occupation, browse the occupational group of interest on the left side of the homepage. Clicking on a group results in a landing page of similar occupations together with their respective job summaries, typical entry-level education, and median pay. Typical entry-level education and median pay can be sorted by clicking the arrows at the top of each column.
  • Occupation Finder. The occupation finder (located toward the top of the homepage) makes it easy to search for occupations by entry-level education, on-the-job training requirements, projected number of new jobs, projected employment growth rate, median pay, or a combination of these characteristics. 
  • Search Box. You may also search for occupations by entering a title into the “Search Handbook” box at the top right side of the homepage.
  • A–Z Index Search. You may use the alphabetical index to look for an occupation. 
  • Browse Occupations. Clicking on these buttons takes you to three distinct pages: highest paying occupations, occupations projected to be the fastest growing, and occupations projected to have the most new jobs created.
  • Featured Occupation. With each visit to the OOH homepage, a different occupation will be featured to click on and explore.
  • Question Mark (?). Certain terms in the profiles have question marks next to them. You can click on the question mark to read the definition of a term or about the section.

How OOH Profiles Are Organized

Each occupational profile in the OOH is made up of nine tabs, as follows.

1. Summary Page

Quick-facts table; this feature summarizes key information about the occupation, including the following:

  • Median pay
  • Entry-level education
  • Work experience in a related occupation
  • On-the-job training
  • Number of jobs 
  • Job outlook
  • Employment change

2. What They Do

  • Definition of the occupation
  • Typical duties
  • Specialties within the occupation

3. Work Environment

  • Number of jobs 
  • Work setting, including potential hazards and physical, emotional, or mental demands
  • Employment by largest industries
  • Work schedules, including information on hours worked and seasonality of work
  • Injuries and illnesses (if relevant)

4. How to Become One

  • Typical entry-level education requirements
  • Important qualities that are helpful in performing the work
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency in the occupation (if relevant)
  • Licenses, certifications, and registrations (if relevant)
  • Work experience in a related occupation (if relevant)
  • Other experience (if relevant)
  • Advancement (if relevant)

5. Pay

  • Median annual or hourly wages: top 10 percent in wages earned, bottom 10 percent in wages earned, and wages earned in top-employing industries
  • Chart showing median annual or hourly wages in the occupation in comparison with median annual or hourly wage for all occupations
  • Work schedules
  • Union membership (if relevant)

6. Job Outlook

  • Projected change in level and percentage of employment, including a discussion of the following factors affecting occupational employment change: industry growth or decline, technological change, demand for a product or service, demographic change, change in business patterns
  • Chart showing projected rate of employment growth in the occupation in comparison with the projected rate of growth for all occupations
  • Job prospects, including expected level of competition and factors that may improve job prospects
  • Table showing employment projections data for the occupations covered in a profile, with a link to a spreadsheet that details employment by industry for those occupations

7. State and Area Data

  • Links to sources for employment, wages, and projections data by state and area

8. Similar Occupations

  • List of similar occupations, with summaries of their job duties, typical education level needed to enter the occupation, and median pay
  • Similar occupations are selected on the basis of similar work performed and, in some cases, on the basis of the skills, education, and/or training needed to perform the work

9. More Info

  • List of associations, organizations, and government agencies that provide career information for specific occupations
  • Links to O*NET, which provides comprehensive information on key characteristics of workers and occupations

"With the OOH, you and your job hunters can learn valuable occupational information to make career and education choices and changes," state the career editor-experts at Career Action Resources, creator of Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), which are employment / reemployment guides used in workforce programs across the nation.

"By familiarizing yourself with the features of the OOH, you will be in a position to quickly and effectively help those you serve with important job and career decisions and direction," the Career Action Resources editors said. 

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

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