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5 Things You Didn't Know About Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) helps dislocated workers and unemployment insurance (UI) claimants take a leap forward in coping with a layoff and beginning a job search. With LEAP, the unemployed rank their key needs after a losing a job, get guidance and encouragement on their biggest concerns, and create a reemployment action plan under WIOA.

But that’s not all. Here are five points that you may not know about LEAP.

  1. LEAP Used in RESEA Programs. States are using LEAP in their Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) programs. A goal of the U.S. Department of Labor RESEA initiative is to connect with UI claimants by requiring them to create reemployment plans that include work search activities and American Job Center orientation/referrals. According the USDOL, identifying UI claimant’s needs and referring them to reemployment services have been proven effective. One study for the USDOL states that RESEAs are an effective strategy to speed reemployment of unemployed workers, reduce overpayments, and realize cost savings for the UI trust fund. LEAP can play an important role in the RESEA process by identifying UI claimants’ key needs and barriers, giving them useful information on careers and the job search process, referring them to American Job Center services, and guiding them in creating a personalized/tailored reemployment plan. According to an IMPAQ International report for the USDOL, LEAP is “innovative” and “assesses individuals in eight areas… Claimants total their scores in each section and then look to the back of LEAP for suggestions on how best to alleviate their concerns.” A second IMPAQ study reports that one state’s RESEA claimants had 3.13 fewer weeks of total UI duration compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per treatment group member. This amount exceeded RESEA costs by more than four times.
  2. LEAP Underwent Intense Development and Review. LEAP underwent intense development and review, and its creators at Career Action Resources adhered to strict developmental guidelines. The editors at Career Action Resources, who have 20 years of experience in the job search and career field, began reviewing the vast literature and research on the needs of dislocated workers. They created a draft version of LEAP using this information. After a draft version of LEAP was written, dislocated workers and workforce development professionals reviewed the text and completed a questionnaire on the items, scales, ease of use, and other details. After this review period, additional changes were made to the draft, including adding an education/training scale and other information. A professionally designed prototype of the six-panel foldout was reviewed by other workforce professionals, and additional changes were suggested and made. Positive reactions to LEAP during these stages encouraged the editors at Career Action Resources to continue its development. LEAP was printed and then pilot-tested with laid-off manufacturing workers. Other dislocated workers and workforce development staff received copies of LEAP for review. A similar process occurred for LEAP’s Second Edition. Career Action Resources continue to seek feedback from LEAP customers. Feedback on the usefulness of LEAP was and continues to be gratifyingly positive.
  3. LEAP Is Easy to Administer, Score, and Interpret. Because workforce development professionals are time-strapped, and because dislocated workers need to obtain services as soon as possible, LEAP had to be quick and not burdensome. The editors at Career Action Resources designed LEAP to be taken and to provide results in about a half-hour total. LEAP is completely self-administered, self-scoring, and self-interpreting, so workforce development professionals do not need special training to use LEAP with dislocated workers. LEAP can simply be handed out, or it can be used for an orientation meeting, Rapid Response session, RESEA meeting, workshop, or job club session, for example. Although no special training is required to administer LEAP, the LEAP Administrator’s Guide gives detailed background and guidance information.
  4. LEAP Offers Guidance Based on Individual Needs Under WIOA. LEAP gives workforce development professionals a unique way to interact and counsel job seekers and help them create unique employment plans based on their needs, as directed by WIOA. LEAP answers the key question of “What do I do now?” by helping laid-off workers discover their top problems and by providing suggestions for action. Although laid-off individuals have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, their problems vary depending on many factors, such as their financial situation, age, attitude, marketable skills, work history, education, knowledge of growing careers, knowledge of the job search process, and support systems, just to name some. A workforce professional who reviewed LEAP commented that dislocated workers are often overwhelmed by their situation but in different ways. Thus, the one-size-fits-all information that laid-off workers may have received in the past will not suit their needs completely or may not address certain personal issues and barriers. For example, if an individual is encouraged to start a job search but hasn’t defined her next career choice, she may flounder and quickly get frustrated. Or if a person can’t seem to take action on networking or writing a resume, he may need to acknowledge his lingering shock or the importance of managing his time by creating a job search schedule. As the anxieties after job loss mount, the newly unemployed may have difficulty sorting through their questions, options, choices, and fears. Creating an action plan for their next steps may be overwhelming. The situation may cause delays in seeking help and in being proactive on job search, financial, and personal fronts. LEAP provides laid-off workers with a vast amount of eye-opening information in a quick, easy-to-read format and pinpoints the reemployment help and other resources that each individual needs most.
  5. LEAP Includes Complimentary LEAP Administrator’s Guide. Career Action Resources offers a helpful LEAP Administrator’s Guide in PDF to LEAP purchasers. The guide gives details on LEAP’s development, scales, uses, administration, and much more.

Qualified workforce and career professionals can request a complimentary LEAP review sample. Request your LEAP sample now.

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