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

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.


Many workforce development professionals who use our two career assessments, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), find great value in the reader-friendly, non-technical Administrator’s Guide that accompanies each tool. Like the LEAP and YES, the Administrator’s Guides were developed by Career Action Resources, LLC.

The LEAP Administrator’s Guide and YES Administrator’s Guide give background information on each assessment’s research and development, suggestions and tips for individual and group use, and other many helpful details.

Here is a partial Table of Contents from the LEAP Administrator’s Guide:

  • The Need for the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)
  • How the LEAP Was Developed
  • Scales Used on the LEAP
  • Ideas for Using the LEAP
  • LEAP as a Best Practice in Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Programs
  • NCDA Article on the LEAPCover of YES Administrator's Guide [Career Action Resources Blog]Cover of Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Administrator's Guide
  • Administering the LEAP
  • Selected References

Here is a partial Table of Contents from the YES Administrator’s Guide:

  • The Need for Your Employment Search (YES)
  • Researchers Identify Key Cause of Job Search Failure—and How YES Can Help
  • How YES Works
  • Benefits of YES
  • How YES Was Developed
  • Scales Used on YES
  • Ideas for Using YES
  • Using YES in a One-on-One Session
  • Administering YES in a Group Setting
  • Selected References

With the help of the Administrator’s Guides, you and your staff can more fully understand how the LEAP and YES work and why they are so beneficial to job seekers and the unemployed. You will learn how to best prepare yourself and your staff to administer the LEAP and YES to your job seekers. You will understand the scales on the LEAP and YES and what they measure. You will receive step-by-step suggestions for using the LEAP and YES in one-on-one and group settings.

From the Administrator's Guide information, you can run a job search workshop or develop a consistent reemployment planning session for your center or agency if desired. The Administrator’s Guides also can help you adapt LEAP and YES for use in shorter and longer timeframes, depending on your setting and situation.

Best of all, each Administrator’s Guide is complimentary with your LEAP or YES purchase. Career Action Resources will send you the appropriate Administrator’s Guide in PDF for you to use and share with your staff as needed. Contact us for more information.


"No. Sorry. No." That's what many job seekers hear from employers. Wouldn't it be great for your job hunters to hear "Yes"?

Click the video below to learn how a self-guiding career assessment, Your Employment Search (YES), leads job seekers to an effective, personalized job-hunting strategy.


With YES, your job seekers will create a plan to help them get hired in the right job as quickly as possible.

YES is published by Career Action Resources, LLC, creators of best-practice job search tools used in workforce, employment, and career services around the nation. Learn more about YES and its benefits as a job seeker resource.


“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