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

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

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 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 dislocated workers to cope with job loss, to assess their needs, and to create a personalized reemployment plan
  • 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 employment services to each person’s needs and give useful career 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 the unemployed to prioritize the 8 concerns and to gain clarity on where to turn and what to do next.

FORMAT

  • 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

AUDIENCES

  • 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 action steps they will take in each area.

USES

  • 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, American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Eligibility and Assessments (REA), 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

DEVELOPMENT

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

IN THE NEWS

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, USATODAY.com, Yahoo! News, and others.

TESTIMONIALS

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

Seen on USATODAY.com

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Career Action Blog

By Tom Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

 

WIOA is part of a fundamental transformation in the way we prepare people for the careers of today and tomorrow. More than ever before, we're taking a job-driven approach, building unprecedented partnerships with employers and making sure training programs connect businesses that want to grow with workers who want to punch their ticket to the middle class.

 

We're also breaking down silos across the federal government and coordinating more closely with our regional and local partners to ensure the most effective, efficient delivery of services. As part of that process, we have been coordinating closely with our colleagues at the Education Department to develop new regulations, as required by the law, to fully implement WIOA through the workforce system.

 

These regulations are designed to update and streamline the system to better serve both job seekers and employers, improve accountability and transparency, increase access to work-based learning tools like apprenticeships, and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions. The rules will also improve access to education and workforce services for those who are too often on the sidelines--veterans, people with disabilities, disconnected youth and other vulnerable populations.Help Build Better Workforce System by Tom Perez [Career Action Blog]

 

With these rules in place, job seekers will have improved tools to identify and access training options and other employment services best suited to their needs. 

 

But the system works best when we're all committed to improving it. As we progress toward implementing WIOA, we're asking for your feedback. The proposed rules from the Labor and Education departments are currently available for review via the Federal Register

 

The comment period will open later this month, and the public will have 60 days from then to offer thoughts on how we build a better workforce system. Please take the time to participate in the process.

 

We've made enormous progress over the last several years to dig out of the recession and build a stronger, more resilient economy. WIOA will help us maintain that momentum in the years to come.


Note: This post is reprinted from the U.S. Department of Labor blog, dated April 2, 2015, with slight edits here for space.

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As part of WIOA, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has changed the Unemployment Insurance Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program to include reemployment services and altered its name to Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA).

The approach of integrating REAs with reemployment or career services is modeled on the method used in Nevada, which has proven to be successful by USDOL studies. Nevada uses Career Action Resources’ material in its reemployment program, deemed by USDOL reports as the best in the nation.

RESEA Includes Services and a Focus on Meeting UI Claimant Unique Needs

The program name change reflects a “focus on providing career services that directly relate to the specific needs of participating claimants,” states Portia Wu, USDOL Assistant Secretary, in Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 13-15.

“Claimants have a variety of needs based on their specific circumstances, and the appropriate reemployment services should be provided to lead to successful employment outcomes, including referrals to education and training, to further actual reemployment goals,” Wu explains. “Because the same reemployment service types are not appropriate for all claimants, the individual needs of each claimant should be determined, and the appropriate services provided,” Wu continues in the guidance letter.

How LEAP Helps Your Staff Better Serve UI Claimants

So how can workforce development agencies and staff serve UI claimants effectively, consistently, uniquely, and in person? How can you help these “critical customers,” as Wu calls them, develop a reemployment plan “that addresses the claimant’s specific needs,” as required for RESEAs?

LEAP in USDOL Research on REA / RESEA [Career Action Blog]Consider using the same tool as Nevada does: Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP). “LEAP 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,” states the USDOL study. The report calls LEAP an “innovative” self-assessment and gives an example from the JobConnect office in Reno, Nevada: “The REA interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP 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 report continues, “LEAP, developed by Career Action Resources, LLC, is handed out by every local office providing REAs in both Arizona and Nevada. It assesses individuals in eight areas: finances, emotions and attitudes, health and social support, use of time, next career, education and training, job search, and use ofservices and resources.” The study concludes that such self-assessment is a “best practice” for workforce reemployment programs.

LEAP, therefore, is a proven tool to help your agency and staff meet the requirements of the RESEA program while assisting UI claimants. LEAP will help your UI claimants assess their concerns and obtain guidance tailored to their needs on job searching, training, skills, and much more--all in a quick, easy-to-use format. LEAP also results in a personalized reemployment action plan and helps staff refer job seekers to their most-needed services and resources.

Since its publication, LEAP has focused on the importance of tailoring reemployment plans and services to each job seeker’s needs. The one-size-fits-all information that UI claimants and dislocated workers usually receive will not suit their needs completely and may not address their unique issues and barriers. Career Action Resources is gratified that the USDOL has decided to make the LEAP’s approach of determining UI claimants' needs for targeted, tailored career services and reemployment planning part of the RESEA program.

Workforce development and career professionals can request a complimentary LEAP sample for review.

 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has launched a dramatic new design and interface. The site provides information and links on career assessment, labor market information, job openings, salaries, job searching, job skills, education and training, American Job Centers, and much more. CareerOneStop is sponsored by Uncle Sam and is based on the government’s vast occupational, labor market, economic, and other data. On many parts of the site, you can drill down to find information specific to your location, such as the pay and projected number of openings for a specific job in your area.CareerOneStop Redesigned [Career Action Resources Blog]

The following post appears on the U.S. Department of Labor's Blog and was written by Kim Vitelli and Michael Harding, who work in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Kim is the division chief for National Programs, Tools and Technical Assistance. Michael is the CareerOneStop project manager. The post is shared here by Career Action Resources, LLC, to spread the word about the new CareerOneStop.

When the CareerOneStop team embarked on a redesign of the site’s resources, they didn’t dive right into the technical work. Instead, they took an approach that focused on the user experience, usually referred to as UX in the design world. Using UX means taking a step back to learn about users’ core needs and preferences. The team asked people who actually use the site questions like:

“Who’s using CareerOneStop resources?”
The answer? Just about everybody: job seekers, businesses, students, current workers, laid-off workers, veterans, workers with disabilities, workers with criminal records, career counselors and other workforce professionals, and many other members of the public.

“Can users find what they need?”
The feedback was that because CareerOneStop offers so much information and has so many options, it can be hard for users to locate the best resources for their unique needs. The redesign team watched while people used the site to find what they need, and paid attention to where they expected to find the information and what kind of language was the most meaningful to them. In doing so, the team could identify and streamline the clearest way to organize information and resources for the many different kinds of users.

“Are CareerOneStop’s websites and tools easy to use?”
People must be able to do more than simply find the resources they need--they also need those resources to be easy to use and effective at helping them meet their career, training and employment goals. The CareerOneStop team conducted usability testing on key tools and Web pages--which includes watching how users interact with the site--and made improvements in functionality, organization and language.

“How are users accessing CareerOneStop resources?”
The answer to this question was that while some people are smartphone-wired 24/7 (one recent survey found that 83 percent of people use smartphones or tablets to job search), others may lack dependable Internet service on a daily basis. CareerOneStop’s goal is to make its resources valuable for all users. That’s why both the redesigned CareerOneStop.org site and a newly launched Credentials Center are mobile-friendly--that is, they automatically adjust to a user’s smartphone, tablet or desktop screen--providing on-the-go help. A number of the site’s tools--including Job Search, Training Finder, and Salary Finder--are also available as mobile Web apps.

While making its resources accessible to mobile-equipped users, CareerOneStop didn’t want to leave behind those with limited Internet access or low computer literacy skills. For people who may access the Web at a public library or an American Job Center, CareerOneStop provides printable guides and easy downloading and printing of key information and tool results. And for those who are less comfortable with technology, printed and video materials provide step-by-step guidance for many tools.

And because user-centered development doesn’t end with the launch of new products, we will continue collecting and learning from the people who use the site to continually improve it.