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Career Action Resources Part of Key Workforce Development Events

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Two big workforce development events are happening this fall, and Career Action Resources will be part of them:We will be sending 600 samples of our Your Employment Search (YES) guide for all attendees of the AlabamaWorks 2017 Workforce Conference, Sept. 12-13, 2017, in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.We are shipping 850 samples of our Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second Edition, for all attendees of the Florida Workforce Professional Development Summit, Oct. 23-25, 2017, in Orlando. 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... Read more →
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USDOL Publishes Extensive Guidance on PY 2017 Program Allotments

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently released the program allotments for Program Year (PY) 2017 for Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Activities under WIOA. In addition, USDOL published the final allotments for PY 2017 for the Wagner-Peyser ES Program.  You can read the entire and extensive USDOL Guidance Letter here.... Read more →
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How Our Assessment/Guide, Your Employment Search (YES), Works

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In four steps, Your Employment Search (YES) helps individuals assess their job-search methods and motivation, evaluate where they need the most improvement, learn effective job-hunt skills, and create their employment/reemployment strategy. YES is an all-in-one self-assessment, planner, and motivational/guidance tool. It features an easy-to-use foldout design. It is used across the USA with the unemployed and job seekers in many programs and settings, including those under WIOA. Here is a brief summary of each step in YES: Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement about their job search and circle the response that best matches how true the statement is for them. Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily tally their... Read more →
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USDOL Issues New Required Rapid Response Activities

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A successful Rapid Response system must include informational and direct reemployment services for workers," states recently issued U.S. Department of Labor guidance. The USDOL letter explains, "Rapid Response practitioners will notice that the regulations for Rapid Response under WIOA have significantly increased the amount and types of required activities." Among the required Rapid Response activities to be carried out by state and local Rapid Response operators are services designed to assist dislocated workers, including the following:Information on the impacts of layoff on health coverage and other benefitsInformation on and referral to career servicesReemployment-focused workshops and classes, use of worker transition centers, and other services Learn more about required Rapid Response strategies in Training and Employment Guidance Letter... Read more →
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Best-Practice Workforce Tools Made in USA

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Looking for proven workforce development tools that comply with the “Buy American” executive order? Career Action Resources, LLC, is a workforce materials publisher with nearly 20 years of experience in the career services and workforce development fields. All of our guides, including the best-selling Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), are completely created, designed, and printed in the United States. Our materials are made by and for Americans. Our professional career resource editors incorporated feedback from the nation’s job seekers, dislocated workers, and workforce development professionals when producing LEAP and YES. LEAP, in particular, is considered a best practice in the public workforce development system, according to a report for the U.S.... Read more →
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New USDOL Secretary: "We Have a Lot of Work to Do"

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R. Alexander Acosta has been sworn in as the 27th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. After being sworn in, Secretary Acosta made the following remarks: "I want to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the members of the Senate for the privilege of serving as Secretary of Labor. "I want to thank my wife, Jan. Her unyielding support and her heartfelt love means the world to me...My daughters Delia and Rosalia are amazing...When President Trump nominated me, I had to sit down and explain to them that we were, if confirmed, moving to Washington, and they wanted to know why.  "And so I sort of took a pause and I tried to explain what... Read more →
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2017 WIOA Convenings Program Available

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Here is the program for the three 2017 National WIOA Convenings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor for state and local workforce development system professionals.  The events are offering “nearly identical content” on the following dates:April 18-20 in DallasMay 8-10 in San DiegoMay 23-25 in Washington, DC Registration for all convenings has closed, but you can follow the convenings with Twitter hashtags: Dallas--#WIOADallas, San Diego--#WIOASD, and Washington, DC--#WIOADC. Please join Career Action Resources, LLC, on Twitter in following these events. Our Twitter handle is @CareerAction. Career Action Resources, LLC, is the creator of best-practice tools, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES). Workforce development professionals who... Read more →
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Not Attending USDOL WIOA Convenings? Follow on Twitter with Hashtags #WIOADallas, #WIOASD, #WIOADC

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The U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with Education and Health and Human Services partners, is hosting three 2017 national convenings for state and local workforce development system professionals. According to the USDOL, the “convenings will continue to support Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system.” The events will offer “nearly identical content” and be held on the West Coast, on the East Coast, and in the Midwest, as follows:April 18-20 in DallasMay 8-10 in San DiegoMay 23-25 in Washington, DC According to the USDOL, “attendees at these 2017 national convenings will walk away with a thorough understanding thatThe regulations... Read more →
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How LEAP Helps Workforce Development Professionals

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Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) is a self-guiding tool for dislocated workers and the unemployed. LEAP, published by Career Action Resources, LLC, helps workforce development and career services professionals in many ways, including the following:Serves as an initial screening tool for laid-off workers, helping you tailor services to their needsIs self-completed and self-scored by the individual, so you do not need to tally resultsFocuses your resources by matching reemployment services to each person, as required under WIOAProvides immediate results and feedback to dislocated workers to help them deal with shock, confusion, and stress that may delay the job searchSaves time by helping you quickly know where dislocated workers stand and by providing them with... Read more →
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U.S. Department of Labor Sees 21% Cut in President Trump's 2018 Budget

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President Trump’s 2018 budget requests $9.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Labor, a $2.5 billion or 21 percent decrease from the 2017 annualized continuing resolution (CR) level. The president’s 2018 budget proposes and states the following:Expands Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (editor’s note: now called “Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments”--RESEA), an evidence-based activity that saves an average of $536 per claimant in unemployment insurance benefit costs by reducing improper payments and getting claimants back to work more quickly and at higher wages.Reduces funding for ineffective, duplicative, and peripheral job training grants. As part of this, eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), for a savings of $434 million from... Read more →
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