Best Practices / Reemployment Results

  • Career Action Resources’ Material: Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Is ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

 

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES) are helping thousands of job hunters across the USA to assess their needs and to create job search and reemployment plans.

In research for the U.S. Department of Labor, our material is identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment.

Specifically, the study explains how LEAP is used to assess unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in the nation’s most-effective reemployment program. LEAP is the only self-assessment described by researchers in the report!

Learn more about the study below.

Good-bye, UI

IMPAQ International researched the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. Note: The initiative is now called the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program; its name was changed with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Among the best practices for reemployment, the study recommends “rigorous assessment forms to identify barriers to employment....Perhaps the most innovative self-assessment form is the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), which is used in Nevada.”

The research found Nevada has the most effective REA program of the states studied. The study explains LEAP is useful to claimants participating in REAs by helping them identify their needs. The report also states LEAP is useful to REA staff by helping them better refer claimants to much-needed services.

Excerpt from Report for U.S. Department of Labor on LEAP

The IMPAQ International study states the following:

LEAP “assesses individuals in 8 areas: finances; emotional issues; social, family, and health issues; use of time; next career; more education and training; job search; and use of services and resources. Claimants are asked 10 questions in each of these sections gauging their concerns on a variety of topics. Answers range from 1 to 4 for each question, with 1 denoting a minor concern and 4 denoting a major concern. 

“Claimants total their scores on each section and then look to the back of the LEAP form for suggestions on how best to alleviate their concerns in each of the 8 LEAP areas. Use of the LEAP form differs by local office, with some requiring claimants to fill it out during or before the REA interview and others providing it at the end of the interview for claimants to use at home. 

“At the Reno JobConnect, for example, the REA interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP form before the REA interview, and then reviews the claimant’s scores, to alleviate some of the issues that had been raised while also referring him/her to available services. 

“The LEAP form has been noted by REA staff to be very useful not only in gauging the emotional and financial status of individuals, but also for referring them to much needed services.”

Complete Study Describing LEAP at U.S. Department of Labor Website

The complete IMPAQ report is available for download at the U.S. Department of Labor's WorkforceGPS site.

Follow-Up Study

A follow-up IMPAQ study for the U.S. Department of Labor found Nevada’s REA participants had 3.13 fewer weeks on UI compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per REA participant. This amount exceeded REA costs by more than 4 times. 

LEAP and YES Testimonials on Effectiveness and Results

The organizations using LEAP and YES continue to give positive feedback on their effectiveness with job hunters and the unemployed. 

One program administrator said, “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 them a tool for moving forward. LEAP also helps our staff. LEAP also works with newly laid off people, because they are not thinking clearly.”

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Conducting in-person RESEAs under WIOA? Address UI claimants' specific needs with LEAP.

Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).


Career Action Blog

With low Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in today’s labor market, some states are having challenges meeting their projected Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) activities.

So the U.S. Department of Labor is offering state workforce agencies flexibility to provide RESEAs to additional UI claimants, besides the currently targeted populations. The currently targeted populations are UI claimants determined most likely to exhaust benefits and transitioning military veterans.

The expansion to additional UI claimants must be supported by local labor market and economic information. Examples of additional populations include claimants in rural areas, claimants approaching the end of UI benefits, claimants from specific industries, and claimants in areas with higher-than-average unemployment rates.

LEAP.PNGStates that wish to serve such additional UI claimants must submit an application and receive approval from their ETA Regional Office.

Need help delivering effective, in-person reemployment guidance? Request a complimentary Layoff-to-Employment (LEAP) sample, a best practice in reemployment per a USDOL report.

“One Door. Millions of Success Stories.” That’s the theme of a U.S. Department of Labor infographic describing the investment story of the American Job Center network. The 2,400 American Job Centers across the nation provide career, job search, and training services to job seekers and the unemployed under WIOA.

“In the last program year, more than 13 million Americans—roughly 1 out of every 12.5 people in the U.S. labor force—got the help they needed through the American Job Center network,” states the infographic.

 

Other infographic highlights for the program year include the following:

  • American Job Centers serve a wide range of individuals, including displaced workers, veterans, ex-offenders, youth, victims of natural disasters, workers with disabilities, and older workers.
  • 81 percent of people who received job training found employment.
  • 156,000 people with disabilities found work.
  • 98,500 adults and dislocated workers obtained a credential.
  • 360,000 unemployed military veterans got hired.
  • 2.6 million people receiving unemployment insurance obtained jobs.

American Job Centers use LEAP and YES self-guiding tools. If you work with job seekers and the unemployed, request complimentary LEAP and YES review samples now


Guest blog post by Kirk Kuhn, author of Time On Target--Launch Your Life Like a Titan II ICBM and STEADCONSULTANTS CEO. 
© 2017 by Kirk Kuhn. Written exclusively for Career Action Resources Blog. 

We’re in the fat times now for the job seeker. The current labor market is starving for employees, and some companies will hire anything that breathes. It might take a minute, but it won’t last, because I promise you lean times follow fat times, and the economy will tank. 

Kirk Kuhn [Career Action Blog]So as a seasoned and ruthless job interviewer, I want to lay out some thoughts for you. A well-known fact of job search is it’s an art and a science. What isn’t so well known is it’s show business. When you get to a job interview, it’s show time, and you’re the show. It’s you acting and you putting on the play. You’re the director, script writer, creative designer. You arrange the stage. When you get an interview, you’re forced to get on that stage, step into your spotlight, and do a song and dance about yourself on key and on time.

Most job seekers fail to understand this complicated fact. They don’t understand it’s their play and their dialogue, and they have to learn their lines and dance moves. Your show has to be an award winner or else you get poor reviews, and you don’t get the job offer. I find it absolutely amazing how many people think their next job is going to last, and they disregard the critical need to learn how to be self-directed job seekers who understand they will be looking for jobs for the rest of their working lives. There is a new order in the labor market. Those who are skilled actors in the art and science of job search and interviewing will have an immensely easier time navigating the 21st century labor market.  

Job search is a comedy drama. In my 30 years in the field of human resources and workforce development, I have seen some seriously funny and unfunny stuff when it comes to my fellow humans when I’m the interviewer. It’s like watching people drive a car with a 5-speed for the first time. It’s funny stuff until they plow into a barn or strip out the clutch, and that’s how people act when in a job interview. Over the years, I’ve interviewed a slew of job seekers and booed 9 out of 10 of them because their act wasn’t together. As an interviewer, I’m the audience, the critic, the guy who boos and brings down the curtain on your hopes. When you do it right and you’re the 1 out of 10, it’s because I love your show, and I’m standing and applauding you because I’m offering you the job. You’re the act I’ve been looking for, and I want to see a lot more of it.

Interviewers don’t have a lot of patience though and are natural critics. That’s what they get paid to do. They get paid to judge your performance and make critical decisions about your life because if you don’t get a job offer, that’s a serious impact on you. Interviewers seem nice, and as people they probably are, but as interviewers they’re meat eaters, and they’ll have you for lunch. So if you’re not prepared to give it your all when you get up on that stage, be prepared to have your lunch eaten.

 

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