Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), Second Edition

  • Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

  • Helps You Serve UI Claimants and Disclocated Workers Under WIOA Through Individualized Career Services and Eligibility Assessments

  • Also Used in Rapid Response

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner LEAP, Second EditionLaid-off workers deal with uncertainty, stress, and immobilization: “What do I do next? How will I pay my bills? Who will ever hire me?” It’s difficult for you and your staff to help the unemployed sort through their worries, let alone guide them in reemployment planning.

Identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment in research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the best-selling LEAP is the only tool that helps dislocated workers and UI claimants organize the 8 most important issues faced during a layoff. In 3 easy steps, workers rank complex job and life problems and get reemployment action steps that address their unique needs and barriers. 

LEAP, now available in its Second Edition, is used in Nevada’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program, which is the most effective REA of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor. Note: The REA 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).


LEAP’s BENEFITSResponding to 8 Scales on LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 1

  • Combines self-assessment, guidance, and planning into a 6-panel foldout format
  • Is helping thousands of UI claimants and dislocated workers cope with job loss, assess their needs, and create a personalized reemployment plan tailored to their unique situation and goals
  • Offers short-term and long-term job-search and reemployment planning suggestions
  • Guides the unemployed in overcoming their barriers to rapid reemployment
  • Is completely self-guiding for job seekers, making LEAP very useful in agencies and centers limited on time, budget, and staff
  • Helps you match career services to each person’s needs and barriers, plus give useful career planning and job search guidance on the spot

SCALES / TOPICS COVEREDLearning About Your Scores on LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 2

  • Addresses 8 key concerns after job loss: finances, emotions and attitude, health and social support, use of time, education and training, next career, job search, and use of services/resources
  • Helps each individual prioritize the 8 concerns and gain clarity on where to turn and what to do next, given the person's unique needs and goals


  • Concise 6-panel foldout design with 3 clear steps
  • Completely self-guiding for job seekers and the unemployed
  • Color-coded for easy use and self-scoring
  • Comes shrink-wrapped flat in convenient packs of 50


  • Ideal for all workers at all levels
  • Written at an 8th-grade reading level

HOW LEAP WORKSCreating a Reemployment Plan with LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 3

  • Takes about half-hour to complete
  • Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement and circle the response that best describes their level of concern about it. LEAP has 64 brief statements requiring a response.
  • Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily add their totals and learn in which areas they need help and guidance.
  • Step 3—Create: Individuals review and checkmark the most helpful reemployment guidance. They also write down the personalized action steps they will take in each area.


  • Easy to administer—just provide pens or pencils
  • Use in group settings, use one-on-one, or distribute for self-completion
  • Ideal for employment services, career services, Individual Employment Plans (IEPs), American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs), Rapid Response, TAA, job clubs, layoff transition and job search workshops, alumni career services, job counseling and coaching, library workshops for unemployed patrons, and as take-home handouts
  • Free LEAP Administrator’s Guide available in PDF upon LEAP purchase; helps administrators get the most out of using LEAP with dislocated workers


  • Created with input from workforce development/career professionals and dislocated workers
  • Research based
  • Created and printed in the USA by Career Action Resources


LEAP has been featured in an IMPAQ International Study for the U.S. Department of Labor, National Career Development Association’s Career Convergence, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ newsletter,, Yahoo! News, and others.


Career professionals and dislocated workers recommend LEAP because it provides needed guidance to laid-off workers. Read LEAP testimonials.

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State workforce leaders from around the nation will gather for the annual National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) conference on Oct. 7-9, 2015.

The conference covers a wide range of topics that concern public workforce agencies and the job seekers and businesses they serve. Sessions focus on implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), educating the 21st century workforce, and ramping up for reemployment. Other discussions center on funding, accountability, performance, technology, labor market information, Unemployment Insurance (UI), and out-of-school youth.

NASWA Annual Meeting Awaits [Career Action Blog]

Career Action Resources will be attending the conference, held this year in downtown Indianapolis (photo of the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel at left), and looks forward to learning about the latest workforce development issues from state workforce leaders.

We’ll be tweeting from the event under our @CareerAction handle and using the conference hashtag, #NASWAIndy. We’ll also update the Career Action Blog with posts about the conference, so please check back here.


As you know, job searching can feel like a mind game. You can help job seekers win the game—and the job—with the following thoughts from Career Action Resources, LLC

Winning Job Search Mind Game [Career Action Resources Blog]

  1. Be single-minded in your job search. Focus on your job hunt like it's the most important thing in your life right now. If you spend time on too many other tasks, your job search will drag on.
  2. Put some good feeling into it. If you plod through your job search, it will be painful. Instead, decide to bring energy and enthusiasm to every job-hunting task. 
  3. Don't give up. It's easy to throw up your hands during a job search. Vow to keep going to get hired.
  4. Don't take it personally. You will get rejected in your job search. Period. Move on without getting upset.
  5. Don't complain. Put all your energy into staying positive and finding a job.

If your job hunters take these suggestions seriously, their job search will stop feeling like a mind game, and they will be more likely to get hired sooner rather than later.


About the Author: Career Action Resources, LLC, is the creator of best-practice job-seeker tools used in workforce, employment, and career services across the USAOur seasoned career resources staff created Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES). LEAP and YES are helping thousands of job hunters assess their needs and create job search and reemployment plans. In a study for the U.S. Department of Labor, LEAP is the only assessment identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment. Learn more at

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The U.S. Department of Labor issued additional WIOA guidance on Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants. "Reemployment of UI claimants remains a top priority for the entire workforce system," states the USDOL letter.

Improving Intake of UI Claimants Under WIOA [Career Action Blog]The USDOL advises agencies to develop "intake processes that produce a more complete profile of UI claimants so American Job Centers may serve them by more efficiently by targeting reemployment services."

Do you need an effective, consistent way to more easily determine UI claimants' needs during the intake process?

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) is a career assessment tool that

  • Pinpoints and ranks an individual's needs
  • Provides reemployment guidance and service referrals
  • Helps UI claimants develop a reemployment action plan

By using LEAP, you will have a consistent way to interact with UI claimants and create a more complete profile during the intake process.

Request a complimentary LEAP sample now.