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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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.


The U.S. Department of Labor has released the maximum fiscal year 2017 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) grant awards for the public workforce development system. 

2017 RESEA Grants by State [Career Action Blog]

These limits are provided in anticipation that the total available funding for RESEAs will be similar or equal to the level provided for FY 2016. However, grant awards remain subject to availability of federal funds,” according to Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 3-17

Here is the state-by-state list of FY 2017 RESEA funding, along with the FY 2015 and FY 2016 awards for comparison.


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Rejection goes hand in hand with job searching. It can sap job seekers' energy and enthusiasm. But you can make a difference by offering these 3 tips for handling job search rejection:

  • Expect it. Rejection can catch job seekers off guard. Let them know rejection is part of the job hunt Reject Rejection in the Job Search [Career Action Blog]process. They should adjust their mindsets to accept it.
  • Don't take rejection personally. When job seekers don't hear from employers or aren't hired after job interviews, they should not internalize the rejection or take it personally. Reassure job hunters that the right opportunity will come if they keep doing the footwork.
  • Keep going. Encourage job seekers to remain persistent and positive throughout their job hunt.

By not letting rejection get the best of them, your job hunters will stay on the road to employment.





Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, LLC, can minimize job search rejection. It guides job seekers in creating a personalized, effective job hunt action plan. Workforce and career services professionals can request complimentary YES review samples.


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“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