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.

Seen on

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Conducting in-person RESEAs under WIOA? Address UI claimants' specific needs with LEAP.

Learn about new edition of LEAP.

Read LEAP testimonials.

Learn about Your Employment Search (YES).

Pricing and ordering information.

Career Action Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $80 million to workforce agencies in 44 states and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia to provide reemployment and eligibility assessments. The funds will also implement the new Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) program, as described here by Career Action Resources.USDOL Awards $80 Million for Reemployment Services, Eligibility Assessments [Career Action Blog]

“Unemployment Insurance benefits and state workforce agencies are vital to unemployed Americans who rely on both as they work to find new employment,” states the USDOL announcement on the awards.

“Unemployment disrupts the lives of individuals and families and hurts our nation's economy,” says U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will help the newly unemployed reduce the time between jobs and strengthen the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance program by preventing improper payments. By doing so, we can ensure unemployment benefits remain available for those who truly need them."

“The grants will fund services such as in-person assessments at American Job Centers,” continues the USDOL announcement.

“These assessments of eligible claimants include the following:

  • Development of an individual reemployment plan
  • Access to labor market information specific to the individual's location, job skills, and employment prospects
  • Complete review of the claimant’s eligibility for UI benefits
  • Referrals to reemployment services or training at American Job Center

“The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded grants through this initiative for 11 years. Alabama and Arkansas are receiving a grant to implement an RESEA program for the first time, while additional funds will continue programs in the other states to continue their programs through 2015," the USDOL states.

“For the first time these grants will be available to fund reemployment services for these beneficiaries. States will be transitioning to a new, targeted population during 2015 and will begin serving claimants who are identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits and claimants receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members.

“Recent evaluations of the program have shown that reemployment assessments reduce the number of weeks claimants seek UI benefits by expediting the reemployment of UI claimants,” explains the funding announcement.

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, has been used in Nevada’s reemployment program, which is the most effective program of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Here are the award recipients and the grant amounts:









District of Columbia—$654,478




















New Hampshire—$620,305

New Jersey—$1,213,420

New Mexico—$302,301

New York—$18,067,387

North Carolina—$4,012,447




Puerto Rico—$179,310

Rhode Island—$903,568

South Carolina—$1,106,808

South Dakota—$264,752




Virgin Islands—$75,084



West Virginia—$161,083


Total = $80,000,000



When workers are laid off from their jobs, losing their health insurance is often a big concern. For these dislocated workers, the cost of health insurance is seemingly unaffordable. Although some of the newly unemployed may be able to get health insurance through a parent (if the unemployed worker is under age 26) or a spouse, many dislocated workers need to find another way to get insured. Good News for Dislocated Workers: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, and it gives people without employer-sponsored health insurance a way to afford premiums based on their incomes. People may be eligible for a tax credit that immediately lowers their monthly premium. In addition, a layoff is considered a life change, so individuals do not need to wait for the annual enrollment period. To get started, dislocated workers should visit (or their state health insurance exchange, if offered instead), or call 1-800-318-2596. Individuals with low enough incomes may qualify for Medicaid. COBRA is an option for dislocated workers with family incomes too high for a health insurance premium subsidy.

Financial concerns, such as affording health insurance, are a key worry after a layoff. But they aren’t the only worry. Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, provides an assessment of and guidance on eight main issues faced after a layoff. This guidance helps dislocated workers create an action plan to lessen the stress they are feeling and take proactive steps to cope with their layoff and become reemployed. In addition to finances, other issues covered by LEAP include emotions and attitudes, health and social support, use of time, next career, more education and training, job search, and use of services.

LEAP is the only assessment described in a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor on best practices in state reemployment programs.

Help dislocated workers deal effectively and productively with their layoff. Learn more about LEAP now.


Time can get away from busy people, but don’t let your funds get away too. If your fiscal year is coming to an end, it’s time to “use it or lose it.”

Use End-of-Year Funds on LEAP and YESIt can be challenging to spend your funds responsibly when the clock is ticking. But you can make the right decision by investing in two proven tools that guide job seekers in workforce and employment programs around the nation:

Both tools, published by Career Action Resources, are foldout self-assessments that can be used as handouts, in one-on-one career coaching, and in group settings to facilitate discussion, interaction, questions, and job search planning. 

Plus, complimentary LEAP and YES Administrator’s Guides will be sent to you upon LEAP and/or YES purchase.

Don't let your funds disappear! LEAP and YES are great ways to use your end-of-year funds and guide job seekers and dislocated workers to employment.

Here's how to order our LEAP and YES tools (each sold in convenient packs of 50).