Career Action Blog

Getting the Unemployed Unstuck

Even in a good economy, it’s easy for the unemployed and dislocated workers to feel stuck. Many reasons can contribute to this state of mind, such as the following:

  • Coping with shock and anger after a layoff
  • Not knowing how to start a job search
  • Blaming themselves or others for their situation
  • Struggling with their identity, self-confidence, and self-esteem
  • Losing interpersonal connections from the workplace
  • Wanting to change careers but unsure of their career direction
  • Wanting to change careers but not sure how
  • Not having skills for today’s workplace
  • Feeling paralyzed by thoughts of today’s impersonal job search process
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the need to create a resume, write cover letters, network, and interview
  • Feeling too old or unqualified to start something new
  • Feeling concerned about finding a job as good as what they had
  • Not knowing how to use computers, the Internet, social media, and other technology
  • Wanting to go back to school or get training instead of finding a job
  • Feeling overwhelmed by financial worries
  • Not getting support or encouragement
  • Dealing with health issues, family problems, emotional issues, and other barriersGettingUnemployedUnstuck [CareerActionResources]

All of these anxieties are common with the jobless. As their worries and fears accumulate, the unemployed may have difficulty sorting through their questions, options, and concerns. Creating an action plan for their next steps may be overwhelming. The situation may cause critical delays in seeking help and in being proactive on job search, training, financial, and personal fronts.

Fortunately, there is a self-guiding, three-step assessment from Career Action Resources that can help these job seekers. Called the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), this paper-and-pencil resource provides unemployed workers with a vast amount of eye-opening information in a quick, easy-to-read format and pinpoints the reemployment help and other resources each individual needs most. It’s a useful process for helping the unemployed clear their heads and focus on an action plan for reemployment. The LEAP can help people find jobs faster because it accomplishes the following:

  • Lessens time for immobilization and confusion
  • Addresses an individual’s unique situation and needs
  • Provides proven job search and career guidance
  • Advises individuals to create a reemployment plan
  • Recommends the assistance and services that will most benefit the individual
  • Encourages individuals to use the free services of American Job Centers
  • Helps career coaches and workforce staff address each client’s needs in a personal yet efficient and consistent way
  • Requires no special training or extra time for workforce staff to administer
  • Comes with a complimentary LEAP Administrator’s Guide in PDF on effective use

The LEAP is used across the nation in a wide range of workforce programs. A U.S. Department of Labor report calls the LEAP an innovative best-practice in reemployment. If you are a workforce or career services professionals, please request your complimentary LEAP review sample from Career Action Resources.