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

Many job seekers and UI claimants rely on state job boards to find job openings. But using state job boards as a sole job search tool creates three problems:

  1. It's not the best way to get hired. Although some job seekers get hired through online ads, research shows many more people get hired through networking and personal contacts. If your job hunters are Go Beyond State Job Boards [Career Action Blog]seeking jobs only through a state job board or a state talent bank, they are missing many opportunities in the hidden job market and with employers who do not advertise.
  2. It feels like an accomplishment, but it usually is not. Job hunters can tell you that hitting SUBMIT on an online job application usually sends it into a black hole. Although job seekers may believe they are achieving something by applying for jobs online, in reality they have not advanced their job hunt as more active job search methods would. Most online applications receive no response from employers. Applying for job after job through a state job board is essentially a passive way to job search.
  3. It's a way to get screened out, not hired. Employers use automated systems to screen out job applications that don't include the right job key words, training, skills, salary level, education level, and more. Applications that don’t pass an electronic screening never get seen by a human being.

In addition, running a state job board is a big endeavor. Larry Good and Ed Strong of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce discuss this issue in “Reimagining Workforce Policy in the United States,” part of an ebook titled, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The ebook was published in 2015 by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Larry Good and Ed Strong write, “States should get out of the business of operating job boards/talent banks. The market for such e-boards is vast, and the investment required for states to operate their own does not make sense. Rather, American Job Centers…should offer those seeking…employment good information about how to effectively take advantage of...information that fits the individual.”

So what's the solution? You need to instruct your job hunters on active job searching, including networking and reaching out to employers who have not advertised. In other words, job seekers and UI claimants should understand that using a state job board alone is not the best way to get hired.

Need help teaching your job seekers the most-effective job search methods? Consider Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, LLC.

YES provides an assessment, active job search guidance, and personalized proactive strategy in just 4 steps. YES enhances your WIOA career services for intake, orientations, RESEAs, IEPs, workshops, Rapid Response, youth services, and much more.



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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an important opportunity under WIOA is for states to reexamine how the one-stop delivery system provides reemployment services to unemployment insurance (UI) claimants.

Integrating UI Programs into One Stops [Career Action Blog]"The coordination of employment services and UI claimant services is essential to ensure an integrated approach to reemployment service delivery," says Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for the USDOL.

WIOA strengthens "the connectivity between the state's delivery of employment services" to UI claimants and "maximizes the opportunities for claimants to return to employment as quickly as possible," Wu explains.

Improved integration of UI programs into the one-stop system includes the following (per UI Program Letter 20-15):

Tall order? Absolutely. But UI programs are a key gateway to the workforce system, Portia Wu stresses, especially under WIOA.

P.S.: Need help guiding UI claimants to reemployment in your state one stops? Learn about LEAP and YES tools, used in the most-effective reemployment program in the one-stop system.

Request Complimentary LEAP and YES Samples.


Getting workforce program results was a theme we heard at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) conference sessions yesterday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Wilkinson at NASWADave Wilkinson (left), director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, told state workforce leaders that we know what we are spending and what we are spending it on, but often we’re not sure what we’re getting in terms of program outcomes. He discussed “Pay for Performance,” where service providers are paid upon achieving desired results. Wilkinson said proven “solutions are sitting on the shelf” and “remain under-implemented” in many government programs.

Wilkinson encouraged attendees to use Pay for Performance under WIOA as a way to get results on tight budgets for the public workforce system. He said various clearinghouses exist and are being developed with information on “rigorously verified social outcomes.”

In another session, a panel of state leaders gave overviews of their state reemployment programs. Lorena Hernandez, workforce services administrator for the Nebraska Department of Labor, discussed how her state is now conducting Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs) in four steps that include a brief mandatory group orientation, a mandatory one-on-one meeting with a staff member to develop a personalized plan, a referral to services, and follow up. RESEAs are a proven way to reduce unemployment insurance (UI) duration, per studies for the U.S. Department of Labor. Alice Sweeney, director of the Department of Career Services in Massachusetts, said her state is now requiring all UI claimants to come in for inventories, labor market information, and reemployment planning.

In keeping with the day’s focus on results, NASWA held an awards presentation called “Salute to Leadership.” Ten awards were given for excellence and leadership to individuals, agencies, and business.

The NASWA conference ends today, Oct. 9, 2015, with a closing keynote on leadership by Joshua Davies, CEO of the Center for Work Ethic Development. Thank you to the NASWA staff and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for a great event that brought together more than 230 workforce leaders from around the nation. Next year's NASWA Conference is in Oklahoma City, Sept 27-29, 2016.


“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