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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Two big fall workforce conferences are happening soon, and Career Action Resources will be part of them.

  • First, we are shipping 550 samples of our Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second Edition, for all attendees of the California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds Fall Conference, which will be held Sept. 8-10, 2015, in Monterey, California. You can follow the event with the following hashtags: #MMM2015 #CWAMMM2015
  • Second, we will be sending 700 samples of our Your Employment Search (YES) assessment for all attendees of the Michigan Works! Annual Conference, Oct. 4-6, 2015, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. You can follow the conference with the following hashtags: #MWConf  #MIWorks!

We regularly ship samples of our best-practice career/job search assessments—LEAP and YES—to workforce and career services events around the nation. These samples are not catalogs or abbreviated versions of our products. Our samples are full products, so administrators, managers, and staff of workforce, employment, reemployment, and career programs can review and evaluate them for possible use with their job seekers, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, UI claimants, youth, transitioning workers, veterans, students, and other populations.Career Action Resources Sends LEAP to Workforce Events [Career Action Blog]

We stamp these assessments with the word “SAMPLE” and tuck an informative flyer inside that highlights the assessment’s features and benefits to program participants and staff. The samples usually are included in registration bags/packets along with the event program and other information.

In addition, through a sponsorship fee, our participation supports these conferences, which are attended by thousands of workforce development and career services professionals.

Not attending one of these upcoming events and interested in reviewing LEAP and YES? No worries! If you are a workforce development or career services professional who assists job hunters and the unemployed, request your complimentary LEAP and YES samples now, and we will send them to you via First Class Mail.


The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) commissioned a study on the effectiveness of its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program, which is designed to help Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants find jobs faster plus confirm their eligibility for UI payments after a job loss.

LEAP Is Only Self-Assessment Described in USDOL Reemployment Study [Career Action Blog]

The research, conducted by IMPAQ International, investigated the practices and results of the REA program in several states. In IMPAQ's report for the USDOL, just one self-assessment is described: Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, LLC. The report calls LEAP “an innovative” “best practice" for reemployment.

The research found Nevada has the most effective REA program of the states studied. The study explains LEAP is useful to UI claimants participating in REAs by helping them identify their needs. The report also states LEAP is useful to REA staff by helping them better refer claimants to much-needed reemployment and training services.
A follow-up IMPAQ study for the USDOL found Nevada’s REA participants had 3.13 fewer weeks on UI compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per REA participant. This amount exceeded REA costs by more than 4 times. 

Because of the REA program's success, the USDOL continues to expand and improve it. The REA program 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). 





WIOA is now in effect. Here are 5 key changes to the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program you may have missed:

  1.  It's personalized and customer focused. WIOA emphasizes personalized, customer-focused services to help job seekers meet their specific career goals.5 WIOA Changes You May Have Missed [Career Action Blog]
  2. No service sequence. WIOA authorizes "career services" for adults and dislocated workers, rather than "core" and "intensive" services. Career services can be provided in any order to best meet the needs of the participant.
  3. Three types of career services. There are three types of career services: basic, individualized, and follow up.
  4. Individual Employment Plans (IEPs). Job seekers and one-stop center staff work together to develop IEPs that identify employment goals and services needed to reach the goals.
  5. One-on-one, career counseling emphasis. One-stop centers must provide individual career counseling when needed, including job search assistance, in-depth interviews to identify employment barriers, and more.

Need help delivering customer-focused and individualized career services under WIOA? LEAP and YES ASSESSMENTS by Career Action Resources are the best tools and workforce development best practices.

Request complimentary review samples now.