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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The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $80 million to workforce agencies in 44 states and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia to provide reemployment and eligibility assessments. The funds will also implement the new Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) program, as described here by Career Action Resources.USDOL Awards $80 Million for Reemployment Services, Eligibility Assessments [Career Action Blog]

“Unemployment Insurance benefits and state workforce agencies are vital to unemployed Americans who rely on both as they work to find new employment,” states the USDOL announcement on the awards.

“Unemployment disrupts the lives of individuals and families and hurts our nation's economy,” says U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will help the newly unemployed reduce the time between jobs and strengthen the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance program by preventing improper payments. By doing so, we can ensure unemployment benefits remain available for those who truly need them."

“The grants will fund services such as in-person assessments at American Job Centers,” continues the USDOL announcement.

“These assessments of eligible claimants include the following:

  • Development of an individual reemployment plan
  • Access to labor market information specific to the individual's location, job skills, and employment prospects
  • Complete review of the claimant’s eligibility for UI benefits
  • Referrals to reemployment services or training at American Job Center

“The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded grants through this initiative for 11 years. Alabama and Arkansas are receiving a grant to implement an RESEA program for the first time, while additional funds will continue programs in the other states to continue their programs through 2015," the USDOL states.

“For the first time these grants will be available to fund reemployment services for these beneficiaries. States will be transitioning to a new, targeted population during 2015 and will begin serving claimants who are identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits and claimants receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members.

“Recent evaluations of the program have shown that reemployment assessments reduce the number of weeks claimants seek UI benefits by expediting the reemployment of UI claimants,” explains the funding announcement.

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, has been used in Nevada’s reemployment program, which is the most effective program of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Here are the award recipients and the grant amounts:









District of Columbia—$654,478




















New Hampshire—$620,305

New Jersey—$1,213,420

New Mexico—$302,301

New York—$18,067,387

North Carolina—$4,012,447




Puerto Rico—$179,310

Rhode Island—$903,568

South Carolina—$1,106,808

South Dakota—$264,752




Virgin Islands—$75,084



West Virginia—$161,083


Total = $80,000,000



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).




“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