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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Customized, personalized services are part of WIOA. Enhanced, individualized service replaces one-size-fits-all guidance to job seekers.

Specifically, WIOA emphasizes a customer-focused approach, which recognizes that UI claimants and other Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Service Delivery [Career Action Blog]populations may require tailored career services to reach their goals.

To help your staff deliver individualized career and job search services, consider two tools from Career Action Resources:

These tools help your staff under WIOA quickly assess the areas in which participants have the greatest needs. LEAP and YES also provide planning and guidance tailored to the individual. 

Need help delivering customer-focused service under WIOA? You’re invited to request LEAP and YES review samples.




Under WIOA, job seekers may need services that are comprehensive and tailored to their needs. That's where an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) comes in. 

An IEP, according to WIOA...

  • Is an individualized career service.
  • Is jointly developed by the participant and the career planner.
  • Identifies the participant's employment goals.
  • Determines the combination of services needed for the participant to reach employment goals.
  • Is one of the most effective ways to serve individuals with barriers to employment and to coordinate services.

Need help in creating IEPs for job seekers? Your Employment Search (YES) is the perfect tool.

What Is an IEP Under WIOA?

About "Your Employment Search (YES)": YES provides an assessment and proactive strategy in just 4 steps. With YES, participants determine where they stand in 5 key areas, including career direction, active job searching, and more. Armed with this information, a staff member and job seeker can develop a plan tailored to the participant's goals and determine the person's most-needed services. YES features a 6-panel foldout design, plus a perforated panel for summarizing these goals and plans. YES was developed by Career Action Resources, LLC, creator of best-practice tools for reemployment, per a U.S. Department of Labor study.

If you are a workforce or career services professional who assists job seekers, request a complimentary YES review sample.


Need help guiding job seekers, coaching career changers, or running a job search or career-focused class? CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers free information and tools online for career advisors who help job hunters, career explorers, career changers, students, veterans, the unemployed, and other populations.

The site focuses on career exploration, training, and jobs. Career One Stop material may be used with Helpful Resources for Career Advisors and Workforce Professionals [Career Action Blog]individuals and in curriculum for classrooms and workshops.

Below are the CareerOneStop site resources most frequently used by career advisors, counselors, and coaches and workforce professionals, according to CareerOneStop:

You can also find career resources targeted to special populations:

Check out CareerOneStop. It may have just what you need for your job seekers and students.