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

The following information came from a news release by the U.S. Department of Labor and has been shortened and edited slightly.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the launch of, a mobile-friendly web application that helps youth plan their careers, explore education and training options, and search and apply for jobs.

Developed with input from young adults and program providers, includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, tips, and best practices. The app also connects young people to in-person career services and resources to overcome the challenges of addiction; homelessness; criminal conviction; or a lack of financial, family, or community support.

GetMyFuture App Helps Young People Enter Job Market [Career Action Blog]

“As part of the Obama administration’s sustained efforts to break down barriers and expand opportunities for young people, places job resources and workforce services at their fingertips,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu.

“These tools allow young people to harness the power of technology to access information to jumpstart their careers and improve their lives,” Wu added.

The GetMyFuture app enhances the existing CareerOneStop site, which receives more than two million visits each month, by increasing accessibility to disconnected young people and providing new customized content for those seeking career services.

Read the complete U.S. Department of Labor news release.


The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a newly enhanced one-stop site for veterans employment services. brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, and employer assistance in a single online location.

USDOL Site for Military VetsThe site has been designed as a "first stop" in the employment search process for veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses. It offers the following:

  • Details on getting one-on-one assistance in American Job Centers across the nation.
  • Veterans' Job Bank online job listings.
  • Searchable career paths by industry, by similarity to military careers, and by keyword.
  • Links to approved local training programs, colleges, and universities.
  • Resources from federal partners to connect with industry-specific career programs in many sectors, including agriculture, transportation, energy/utilities, and federal employment.
  • Tools to learn how to become an entrepreneur and to start a business.

"There are many resources for veterans seeking employment and for those employers eager to hire veterans, but it is often difficult for both groups to know where to start," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Mike Michaud. " brings those resources together in one place, making it an effective first stop on the path to meaningful employment." 


The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies to operate reemployment services and eligibility assessments (RESEA) programs for individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Estimates show that the program has reduced individual use of UI services by approximately one-and-a-half weeks, saving on average $3 for every dollar spent in costs. The RESEA initiative is described here by Career Action Resources. RESEA is the program's new name under WIOA.

2016 RESEA Funding [Career Action Blog]This is the 12th year that the USDOL has awarded grants through this initiative. Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu said, these “grant awards will ensure unemployed individuals have a wide array of workforce services available and can continue to be eligible for UI services.” 

The funds connect participants with in-person assessments and reemployment services  through local American Job Centers. Activities include developing an individual re-employment plan, providing labor market information, identifying job skills and prospects, and reviewing claimant’s continued UI benefit eligibility.

Here is a list of the RESEA grants by state:

2016 Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Grants


Funds Awarded


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New York


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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. Other states are using LEAP in their RESEA programs as well.

“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