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 Dislocated 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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Are you seeing more people who want to reenter the workforce? Workforce agencies and career centers are assisting many individuals who need to return to work, often because of their financial situation, health insurance expense, or changing circumstances. Sometimes these people have been raising children or caring for a family member. Perhaps they have divorced or lost their spouse. Others have had a small business or retired early but now want or need a job.

As these individuals compete with well-qualified job hunters who are already employed, they need your help to move forward in the job search. Here are some suggestions for guiding them to new jobs:

Help for People Returning to Work [Career Action Blog]

  • Look at transferable skills and soft skills. Many people don’t have the time, money, or desire to go back to school. So they need to closely examine what they’ve done, what they know, and what they can do for potential employers. This activity often involves identifying a job seeker’s transferable skills and soft skills, which can be used in many jobs and careers. Transferable skills and soft skills can help people returning to work reinvent themselves to seek new occupations and opportunities. A good place to start this process is with the free U.S. Department of Labor tool at my Skills my Future
  • Offer encouragement and connection. Individuals who have been out of the workforce may have lost their work identity. Others have shaky self-esteem or low confidence levels. Encourage them to network with people and participate in job clubs. Suggest they take advantage of your job search services to learn how to handle gaps in their work history, hone their resume and their job interview skills, develop social media profiles for job searching, learn technology skills, update their professional appearance, and more. Also suggest that they immediately volunteer to meet others, learn skills, and add a new “job” to their resume.
  • Teach them about an active, targeted job search. It may have been many years since these people have looked for a job. So they may be nervous about the process and aren’t sure how to job search today. Explain the importance of an active job search through networking and contacting employers directly, rather than just applying for job after job online.


Need a job search tool to help people returning to work? Consider Your Employment Search (YES). YES, published by Career Action Resources, LLC, assesses their job search needs and barriers, opens their eyes to the best methods for getting hired, and leads to a personal employment search strategy tailored to their goals.


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According to the U.S. Department of Labor...

  • More than 25 percent of unemployed persons are the long-term unemployed, who have been jobless at least 27 weeks.
  • Dislocation events and an ongoing reemployment lag are contributing to the number of long-term unemployed.
  • Most states are spending about half--or less--of their Rapid Response funds.

Under WIOA, Rapid Response must "deliver services to enable dislocated workers to transition to new employment as quickly as possible."

Stopping Long-Term Unemployment [Career Action Blog]
That's a tall order for Rapid Response staff. But with the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), you can give dislocated workers a self-guiding tool that quickly ranks their concerns and provides crucial reemployment help. LEAP encourages dislocated workers to immediately start a job search and seek the American Job Center services that will most benefit them.

Stop today's dislocated workers from becoming tomorrow's long-term unemployed with LEAP.

If you are a workforce development or career services professional who assisted the unemployed and other job seekers, please request a complimentary review sample of LEAP.



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Although dislocated workers have lost jobs through no fault of their own, their situations vary depending on many factors. These factors include

  • work history
  • education and training
  • marketable skills
  • career interests
  • financial situation
  • age
  • attitude
  • job search knowledge
  • support systems

With so many issues, how do you and your staff know how to best serve these individuals? Under WIOA, one-LEAP by Career Action Resources [Career Action Blog]size-fits-all job search help is not enough.

That's why workforce agencies and career services across the nation rely on Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), especially in the proven Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) initiative, in Rapid Response, in orientation meetings, and in workshops.

In just 3 steps, LEAP guides job seekers through 8 main concerns after a layoff. LEAP prioritizes their needs and provides guidance on multiple issues in a short timeframe.

Dislocated workers are under a great deal of stress, which may make it difficult for them to know what to do next.

LEAP,  published by Career Action Resources, cuts through the confusion and helps job seekers and staff create reemployment action plans.


Request a complimentary review sample of LEAP.

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Learn more about LEAP as a best practice in reemployment programs.


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