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

It takes effort to conduct a successful job search. If your job seekers jump into a job hunt without planning, it may take longer than expected to get hired. Here are 10 blunders to watch for, according to Career Action Resources, LLC:

  1. Not knowing their skills and what they want to do. If job seekers don't know what they are qualified for, have them pinpoint their skills and focus their search. Use MyNextMove from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  2. Procrastinating. A job search may take longer than most people realize, so they should get started right away. 
  3. Being disorganized. How will job seekers track jobs they've applied for? How will they know when to follow up with employers? Encourage the unemployed to use a calendar or other tool to plan job search activities.
  4. Making errors. Remind job hunters to proofread their submissions.When Job Searching Drags On--How to Help Unemployed [Career Action Blog].png
  5. Applying for everything. Suggest to job seekers that they don’t apply for every opportunity. They won’t make it past applicant tracking systems that search for qualifications. 
  6. Using the same resume and cover letter for every opening. If your job seekers want to get job interviews, they need to make it easy for employers to see how their qualifications fit an opening. Suggest they tailor correspondence to match the job ad and employer needs.
  7. Not researching employers. By learning about employers and their needs, job seekers can more effectively prove they are right for a job. For example, if Company X is expanding a call center, they will realize the business will need candidates with solid customer service experience. 
  8. Not contacting employers directly. Job seekers don’t have to wait for a job to be advertised. If they like a certain company, they can express their interest.  ‚Äč
  9. Winging it in job interviews. Job hunters should prepare for interviews. They should be ready to answer common questions.
  10. Forgetting to follow up. Job seekers should thank the interviewer and send a thank you. Then they should follow up and restate their interest.

Need help guiding job seekers in effective job searching? Career and workforce development professionals: Request a complimentary review sample of Your Employment Search (YES). YES assesses job search strengths and barriers, opens a person's eyes to the best methods for getting hired, and leads to a personal employment search strategy tailored to individual goals.

 


 

Have you checked out the redesigned WorkforceGPS? It’s the online technical assistance website from the U.S. Department of Labor created just for workforce development professionals. The site’s purpose is to help build the capacity of America's public workforce investment system through useful tools and research—all in one place.

workforcegpsThe first thing you’ll notice on WorkforceGPS.org is that it looks better than ever, and the navigation is more intuitive.

But the new WorkforceGPS.org received more than just a makeover. The changes made are all based on feedback from users.

These changes include the following, according to the site:

  • Simplified interface
  • Easier log in
  • Improved and streamlined search function that allows you to sort results by title, relevance, newness, or popularity, and you can customize other search criteria
  • Easier way to navigate, search, and find peers in the Member Directory

Learn more and watch a brief overview video.

 

Looking for ways to improve outcomes for job hunters and employers? Be sure to investigate a central online tool for workforce professionals from the U.S. Department of Labor. Called Workforce System Strategies (WSS), the resource offers more than 1,000 evidence-based research and emerging practice reports.

The WSS database covers job search assistance, employer engagement, partnerships, case management, and many other workforce development issues. The research describes methodology, major findings, and recommendations. Learn more at Workforce System Strategies: Your Home for Evidence-Based Research and Emerging Practices.

Did You Know? In a "high causal evidence" study cited by the U.S. Department of Labor, only one reemployment tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.