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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Customized, personalized services are part of WIOA. Enhanced, individualized service replaces one-size-fits-all guidance to job seekers.

Specifically, WIOA emphasizes a customer-focused approach, which recognizes that UI claimants and other Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Service Delivery [Career Action Blog]populations may require tailored career services to reach their goals.

To help your staff deliver individualized career and job search services, consider two tools from Career Action Resources:

These tools help your staff 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. 

Need help delivering customer-focused service under WIOA? You’re invited to request LEAP and YES review samples.




Under WIOA, job seekers may need services that are comprehensive and tailored to their needs. That's where an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) comes in. 

An IEP, according to WIOA...

  • Is an individualized career service.
  • Is jointly developed by the participant and the career planner.
  • Identifies the participant's employment goals.
  • Determines the combination of services needed for the participant to reach employment goals.
  • Is one of the most effective ways to serve individuals with barriers to employment and to coordinate services.

Need help in creating IEPs for job seekers? Your Employment Search (YES) is the perfect tool.

What Is an IEP Under WIOA?

About "Your Employment Search (YES)": YES provides an assessment and proactive strategy in just 4 steps. With YES, participants determine where they stand in 5 key areas, including career direction, active job searching, and more. Armed with this information, a staff member and job seeker can develop a plan tailored to the participant's goals and determine the person's most-needed services. YES features a 6-panel foldout design, plus a perforated panel for summarizing these goals and plans. YES was developed by Career Action Resources, LLC, creator of best-practice tools for reemployment, per a U.S. Department of Labor study.

If you are a workforce or career services professional who assists job seekers, request a complimentary YES review sample.


Need help guiding job seekers, coaching career changers, or running a job search or career-focused class? CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers free information and tools online for career advisors who help job hunters, career explorers, career changers, students, veterans, the unemployed, and other populations.

The site focuses on career exploration, training, and jobs. Career One Stop material may be used with Helpful Resources for Career Advisors and Workforce Professionals [Career Action Blog]individuals and in curriculum for classrooms and workshops.

Below are the CareerOneStop site resources most frequently used by career advisors, counselors, and coaches and workforce professionals, according to CareerOneStop:

You can also find career resources targeted to special populations:

Check out CareerOneStop. It may have just what you need for your job seekers and students.


“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