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. 


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.


  • 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 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, 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


  • 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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The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) covers the operation and services of the One-Stop Career Center / American Job Center system.

Here's what Gay Gilbert, administrator for the Office of Unemployment Insurance at the Employment and Training Administration, says about serving unemployment insurance claimants under the new law:

"There's now a very clear targeting of unemployment insurance claimants as a key population to serve...So how are we going to improve the connectivity, particularly given that claimants traditionally file remotely? How do we get them into our One-Stop Centers and make those connections for reemployment services in the most Serving UI Claimants Under WIOA with LEAP [Career Action Blog]effective way?"

Ms. Gilbert made her comments in a recent webcast presentation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

What’s on your plate to better serve UI claimants under WIOA? How can you enhance your career services to this population?

Consider the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), a self-guiding career assessment tool and best practice for reemployment programs, according to a study for the U.S. Department of Labor. LEAP is also used in Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments around the nation.

Learn how agencies are using LEAP. Get ready for WIOA! Request a LEAP sample now.

To learn more about Titles I and III of WIOA, see all the brief, narrated webcast presentations by the Employment and Training Administration that highlight key provisions in the new workforce development system law. Topics include the following:


  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: An Introduction to Key Provisions
  • WIOA 101: Introduction to the New Law

Governing and Operating the System

  • State and Local Governance
  • Performance Accountability

Delivering High-Quality, Effective Services

  • Robust and Effective Services to Job Seekers and Workers
  • Robust and Effective Services to Businesses
  • One-Stop Center Service Design
  • Wagner-Peyser Employment Service and Unemployment Insurance
  • Target Populations and National Programs
  • Registered Apprenticeship
  • National Dislocated Worker Grants (formerly National Emergency Grants)
  • Youth Program
  • Job Corps


More is not better on resumes. Many job hunters feel that listing all of their experience will show potential employers how much wonderful work history they have. Job seekers envision human resources staff studying every detail on their resume. But this, as you know, is not the reality. With automated tracking systems, a resume may never be seen by anyone if it doesn’t contain the appropriate key words for a job. When resumes are looked at by employers, it’s done quickly because they have so many resumes to review and are very busy people. So if a resume is too long, especially with irrelevant details, it goes to the shredder or gets deleted.

Unfortunately, many job seekers can’t let go of their past work experience, even when it’s unrelated to their current career goals. But many employers don’t care what a candidate did 15 or even 10 years ago. They want to hire individuals who can do the job and who have skills and a proven background in the work that needs to be done.

It’s important to stress to job hunters that they should look at their resume with an employer’s eye. Does the Help Your Job Seekers Cut Their Resume [Career Action Resources Blog]resume say, “I can solve your problems! I can help you grow!” Or does it say, “Here’s my fascinating life history.” If a resume gives the latter impression, it’s time help them or encourage them to focus and cut.

By helping your job hunters concentrate on employer needs and how they can meet those needs, they may not only shorten their resume but also their time without a job.

Looking for the best job search tools to help your job hunters with reemployment planning? Start with Your Employment Search (YES) career assessment by Career Action Resources, LLC. If you are a workforce or career services professional, please request your complimentary YES sample now.


In honor of all our veterans on Veterans Day, Career Action Resources offers this list of helpful veterans resources on transitioning from the military, finding a job, starting a new career, going back to school, obtaining benefits, and more. The information and links came from the U.S. Department of Labor’s website and other government sources.Reemployment Deployment for U.S. Veterans [Career Action Resources Blog]

Learn About Unemployment Compensation 

If you’ve recently left the military, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers (UCX). Check with a local American Job Center. Bring your Form DD-214.

Translate Military Experience to a Civilian Career

Check out the Military to Civilian Occupation Translator. This tool matches skills learned in the military with civilian careers that use similar skills.

Consider Specific Career Programs

  • Helmets to Hardhats connects National Guard, Reserve, and retired and transitioning active-duty military with training and opportunities in the construction industry.
  • Military to Mariners connects veterans to careers in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
  • Troops to Teachers helps current and former military begin careers as public school teachers.
  • Veterans in Piping offers training and jobs in the pipe trades to veterans.

Visit Veterans ReEmployment Site by U.S. Department of Labor

You’ll obtain useful information at the Veterans ReEmployment site, including job search tips and information about going back to school.

Find a Variety of Assistance for Your Life and Career

  • offers a quiz to help veterans learn about government benefits eligibility.
  • eBenefits is an easy way to manage benefits, claims, and documents.
  • The U. S. Department of Labor’s Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 veterans with services to succeed in the job market.
  • National Resource Directory connects veterans and their families with those who support them.
  • Veterans Employment Center gives information and links to help veterans find career opportunities. The site includes a job bank and resume builder.

Participate in Transition Assistance Program (TAP) 

The Transition Assistance Program seminar is a three-day workshop to prepare separating service members for career and education choices. To find a TAP workshop, contact a local American Job Center or a local Veterans Affairs office.

Look into VA Programs for Returning Service Members

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Returning Service Members website to learn about programs to help with job, education, and other benefits.

Consult Transition Centers for Help with Transitional Needs

Thank You, Veterans!

Thank you to all our veterans for their service! Happy Veterans Day from Career Action Resources, creator of Your Employment Search (YES) and Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP).