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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The U.S. Department of Labor recently made several changes to the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. The following changes are intended to align RESEA with WIOA's vision of increased program integration and service delivery for job seekers, including UI claimants:

  • Initial RESEA Cost Limit. Considerable variation exists in the cost of the initial RESEA session across states. After comparing programs, USDOL has implemented an initial RESEA cost of no more than $155.
  • Limit on Subsequent RESEA Sessions. The number of subsequent RESEAs that may be charged to the RESEA grant has been reduced from two to one.
  • Required Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services. RESEAs were developed to supplement rather than supplant reemployment activities provided by the integrated workforce system. USDOL, therefore, now requires that RESEA participants be enrolled in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services as part of their initial RESEA.LEAP Best Practice in RESEAS [Career Action Blog] 

For a complete list of changes, as well as RESEA funding by state, see Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 03-17.

Looking for best-practice tools to use with RESEAs? Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner and Your Employment Search, both published by Career Action Resources.


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The following information appears on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) website:

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) is seeking outstanding, creative and innovative candidates for the position of Executive Director. NAWDP is a national membership association for professionals in workforce development. NAWDP advocates for the workforce industry and develops the professional capacity of workforce professionals seeking the highest standards of excellence in credentialing, applied learning opportunities, and cutting edge tools to excel in providing a skilled workforce to meet the current and future employment needs of business and industry. The position reports to the Board of Directors and serves as the Executive Director of the Partnership Education Fund (PEF). For more information on NAWDP, please check

General Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the association. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and external relations. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Work cooperatively with board and staff to fulfill the mission of the association.
  • Communicate effectively and provide all information necessary for the board to function efficiently.
  • Organize, coordinate, and facilitate board, executive, and committee meetings and activities.
  • Serves as chief spokesperson and liaison with other national organizations; participates in coalitions; directs public relations efforts to raise the visibility of NAWDP.
  • Develop partnerships with business and industry leaders to analyze trends and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding best ways to address economic, skill and workforce needs
  • Monitor legislation/public policy related to workforce development and advise Board of Directors and members regarding appropriate action.
  • Lead efforts to improve NAWDP’s nationally recognized Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential.
  • Manage and develop qualified staff.
  • Facilitate the planning and management of NAWDP’s professional development efforts, including two national conferences and monthly virtual trainings.
  • Oversee and implement resources to ensure that the operations of the association are appropriate.
  • Create an annual budget for operations and coordinate with all committees to create annual budgets to be submitted to the finance committee for annual approval; provide fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the association in a positive financial position.
  • Engage in fund raising and developing other resources necessary to support NAWDP’s mission.


Qualified candidates should:

  • Be strategic, collaborative and possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess creative and innovative solutions and strategies to address organization and mission needs.
  • Have experience in working with elected and agency officials, congressional staff, and grassroots advocates.
  • Goal orientated and self-directed as well as a “team player.”
  • Manage multiple tasks and meet required deadlines.
  • Have successful experience in leadership role in workforce development, or similar experience.
  • Possess a strong track record in management of a non-profit, member-based organization, especially experience in board development and volunteer leadership development, as well as oversight of conference development and management.
  • Possess a Bachelor degree or higher in a related field.

Position is based at NAWDP offices in Washington, DC. Cover letter and resume will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Please submit via email or via US Mail to NAWDP Executive Director Search, NAWDP, 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005.


During an initial Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) session, states must give each RESEA participant one-on-one services for an Unemployment Insurance eligibility review and also provide for the development of an individual reemployment plan tailored to an individual’s needs.

According the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 3-17 released to state workforce agencies from the U.S. Department of Labor, each RESEA must include the following components to serve the needs of UI claimants:

  • UI eligibility assessment 
  • Requirement for the claimant to report to an American Job Center (AJC)
  • Orientation to AJC services
  • Provision of labor market and career information that addresses the claimant’s specific needs
  • Registration with the state job bank
  • Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services
  • Development or revision of an individual reemployment plan that includes work search activities, accessing services provided through an AJC or using self-service tools, and/or approved training to which the claimant agrees
  • Provision of at least one additional career service, such as
  • Referrals and coordination with other workforce activities, including the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program
  • Labor Exchange, including information about in-demand industries and occupations and/or job search assistance
  • Information about the availability of supportive services
  • Information and assistance with financial aid resources outside those provided by WIOA
  • Financial literary services
  • Career readiness activities, including assistance with resume writing or interviewing

RESEA Guidelines from USDOL“In developing a service delivery design methodology for RESEA participants, states are encouraged to consider how to most effectively leverage AJC partner program resources and services as well as RESEA resources, particularly now that RESEA funds may be used to pay for actual career services,” states the letter.

“In the context of WIOA, RESEA services are a valuable one-stop resource, particularly given the increased focus that the Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended by WIOA, places on career services for UI claimants.

“States should focus their RESEA programs on helping claimants return to work as quickly as possible by providing comprehensive guidance and assistance to claimants during the initial RESEA,” the letter says.


Looking for a planning tool to help with career services? Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, a reemployment planning tool used in workforce and career services across the nation to help job seekers and the unemployed. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.


“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