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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When workers are laid off from their jobs, losing their health insurance is often a big concern. For these dislocated workers, the cost of health insurance is seemingly unaffordable. Although some of the newly unemployed may be able to get health insurance through a parent (if the unemployed worker is under age 26) or a spouse, many dislocated workers need to find another way to get insured. Good News for Dislocated Workers: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, and it gives people without employer-sponsored health insurance a way to afford premiums based on their incomes. People may be eligible for a tax credit that immediately lowers their monthly premium. In addition, a layoff is considered a life change, so individuals do not need to wait for the annual enrollment period. To get started, dislocated workers should visit (or their state health insurance exchange, if offered instead), or call 1-800-318-2596. Individuals with low enough incomes may qualify for Medicaid. COBRA is an option for dislocated workers with family incomes too high for a health insurance premium subsidy.

Financial concerns, such as affording health insurance, are a key worry after a layoff. But they aren’t the only worry. Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, provides an assessment of and guidance on eight main issues faced after a layoff. This guidance helps dislocated workers create an action plan to lessen the stress they are feeling and take proactive steps to cope with their layoff and become reemployed. In addition to finances, other issues covered by LEAP include emotions and attitudes, health and social support, use of time, next career, more education and training, job search, and use of services.

LEAP is the only assessment described in a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor on best practices in state reemployment programs.

Help dislocated workers deal effectively and productively with their layoff. Learn more about LEAP now.


Time can get away from busy people, but don’t let your funds get away too. If your fiscal year is coming to an end, it’s time to “use it or lose it.”

Use End-of-Year Funds on LEAP and YESIt can be challenging to spend your funds responsibly when the clock is ticking. But you can make the right decision by investing in two proven tools that guide job seekers in workforce and employment programs around the nation:

Both tools, published by Career Action Resources, are foldout self-assessments that can be used as handouts, in one-on-one career coaching, and in group settings to facilitate discussion, interaction, questions, and job search planning. 

Plus, complimentary LEAP and YES Administrator’s Guides will be sent to you upon LEAP and/or YES purchase.

Don't let your funds disappear! LEAP and YES are great ways to use your end-of-year funds and guide job seekers and dislocated workers to employment.

Here's how to order our LEAP and YES tools (each sold in convenient packs of 50).




Under WIOA, "case managers" are now called "career planners." This change comes as part of WIOA's emphasis on tailoring career services to each participant's needs through the public workforce one-stop delivery system. Career services under WIOA include

WIOA Turns Case Managers into Career Planners [Career Action Blog]

  • One-on-one staff assistance and career counseling
  • Individual Employment Plans jointly developed by the participant and career planner to identify job search goals and needed services
  • Merged core services and intensive services with no service sequence to most effectively serve participants

So how can case managers become career planners under WIOA? Consider employing two tools from Career Action Resources:

These tools help career planners under WIOA quickly assess the areas in which participants have the greatest needs. LEAP and YES also provide planning and guidance tailored to the individual. 

P.S. Get ready for case managers to become career planners under WIOA. REQUEST COMPLIMENTARY LEAP and YES SAMPLES for REVIEW.


“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