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

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.

 

#jobs #jobsearch

Although your services can guide job hunters and the unemployed, you can't job search for them. Offer the following tips to help job seekers help themselves:

  1. Be proactive in your job search. Don't apply for job after job online. Don't sit around waiting for employers to call. Target the jobs you want and try to make a personal contact with organizations, either through networking or by reaching out to employers--even if no jobs are advertised.
  2. Stay involved and motivated. If you are unemployed, spend as much time as possible in your job hunt. Try to maintain a positive attitude. Expect rejection--it is part of the job search process. Don't take rejection personally, and keep going.
  3. Know your best skills and how they can help employers. By understanding what you can offer employers and communicating it to them, you are more likely to be hired.

Helping Job Seekers Help Themselves [Career Action Blog]Need more help for your job seekers? Your Employment Search (YES) by Career Action Resources covers 5 key aspects of today's job hunt and results in a tailored employment search strategy. With the job-search skills they learn from YES, your job hunters will learn how to get the job they want.

Workforce Development Professionals: Request Complimentary YES Review Sample

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Two big workforce development events are happening this fall, and Career Action Resources will be part of them:

Free Career Action Resources Samples at Workforce Events [Career Action Blog]We regularly ship samples of our best-practice career/job search planners—LEAP and YES—to workforce and career services events across the U.S. These samples are not catalogs or abbreviated versions of our products. Our samples are full products, so administrators, managers, and staff of workforce, employment, reemployment, and career programs can evaluate them for use with their job seekers, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, UI claimants, youth, transitioning workers, veterans, students, and other populations, especially those in WIOA programs.

We stamp these tools with the word “SAMPLE” and tuck an informative flyer inside that highlights key features and benefits to program participants and staff. The samples usually are included in registration bags.

In addition, through a sponsorship fee, our participation supports these conferences, which are attended by thousands of workforce development and career services professionals.

Not attending one of these upcoming events and interested in reviewing LEAP and YES? No worries! If you are a workforce development or career services professional who assists job hunters and the unemployed, request your complimentary LEAP and YES samples now, and we will send them to you via First Class Mail.

 

#wkdev #WIOA