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 the LEAP 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 LEAP Scores 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 Reemployment Plan with LEAP 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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If you’ve worked with job seekers for any length of time, you most likely are familiar with the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ). Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the U.S. Department of Labor), the OOQ was a full-color magazine that came out four times a year. For many years, the editors at Career Action Resources subscribed to the OOQ and looked forward to its articles that used occupational data and information in a nontechnical, interesting way. When the OOQ went online for free, we ceased our print subscription, as many others most likely did also.OOQ Is Now Career Outlook [Career Action Blog]

Recently the OOQ was reborn online as a new BLS publication called Career Outlook. “Career Outlook has a new name, a new look, and new features for students, career counselors, job seekers, researchers, and others,” writes BLS Commissioner Erica L. Groshen in the Commissioner’s Corner blog. “Career Outlook provides helpful information about choosing an occupation, changing careers, understanding education and training options, and more,” Commissioner Groshen explains.

The new Career Outlook provides the same types of articles as the OOQ. If you were an OOQ reader, the Career Outlook features described in the Commissioner’s Corner blog will sound familiar. The new Career Outlook includes the following elements:

  • Feature articles provide interesting, detailed, and helpful studies of occupations, industries, employment projections, and career planning. For example, “Working for the Federal Government” is the current feature article on the Career Outlook home page. Other articles on the current home page include “Education Level and Jobs: Opportunities by State” and “Careers in Law Firms.”
  • “You’re a what?” profiles unique or interesting occupations, such as a font designer and golf ball diver. Grant writers are profiled on the Career Outlook home page as of this writing.
  • “Interview with a…” describes a worker’s career path in a question-and-answer format. On the current Career Outlook home page, a nursing instructor explains her career background. Questions include the following: What do you teach? Did you always know this was what you wanted to do? How did you get this job? What about networking? What’s your best advice for aspiring nurses or nursing instructors? The interview is accompanied by BLS Fast Facts, which list wages, employment projections, and top-employing industries for nursing instructors and teachers.
  • “Data on display” visually depicts and analyzes useful data. The current Career Outlook features a chart titled “Education Still Pays.”
  • Quick Tip links to helpful websites for more career and education information.

We are happy to see many fine articles from past issues of the OOQ linked on the Career Outlook site. You can also click the Archives tab to access past OOQ articles on career fields, career planning (including job search and skill-related topics), work options (such as flexible jobs and part-time jobs), benefits and pay, education and training, and data.

Like the OOQ that preceded it, Career Outlook articles are written in clear, plain language and offer helpful and understandable occupational data. New articles are posted to Career Outlook frequently, according to the site. No more waiting for the next edition of the OOQ, which always seemed a season late by the time we received the latest quarterly issue by U.S. Mail. Finally, you can subscribe to Career Outlook updates at the site and use the social media buttons at the bottom of the site's home page to share content.

Be sure to add Career Outlook to your list of job seeker tools. Career Action Resources congratulates the BLS for creating this new resource for the benefit of job hunters, career changers, students, and the workforce development and career professionals who teach, assist, and guide them.


Many workforce development professionals who use our two career assessments, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), find great value in the reader-friendly, non-technical Administrator’s Guide that accompanies each tool. Like the LEAP and YES, the Administrator’s Guides were developed by Career Action Resources, LLC.

The LEAP Administrator’s Guide and YES Administrator’s Guide give background information on each assessment’s research and development, suggestions and tips for individual and group use, and other many helpful details.

Here is a partial Table of Contents from the LEAP Administrator’s Guide:

  • The Need for the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)
  • How the LEAP Was Developed
  • Scales Used on the LEAP
  • Ideas for Using the LEAP
  • LEAP as a Best Practice in Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Programs
  • NCDA Article on the LEAPCover of YES Administrator's Guide [Career Action Resources Blog]Cover of Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Administrator's Guide
  • Administering the LEAP
  • Selected References

Here is a partial Table of Contents from the YES Administrator’s Guide:

  • The Need for Your Employment Search (YES)
  • Researchers Identify Key Cause of Job Search Failure—and How YES Can Help
  • How YES Works
  • Benefits of YES
  • How YES Was Developed
  • Scales Used on YES
  • Ideas for Using YES
  • Using YES in a One-on-One Session
  • Administering YES in a Group Setting
  • Selected References

With the help of the Administrator’s Guides, you and your staff can more fully understand how the LEAP and YES work and why they are so beneficial to job seekers and the unemployed. You will learn how to best prepare yourself and your staff to administer the LEAP and YES to your job seekers. You will understand the scales on the LEAP and YES and what they measure. You will receive step-by-step suggestions for using the LEAP and YES in one-on-one and group settings.

From the Administrator's Guide information, you can run a job search workshop or develop a consistent reemployment planning session for your center or agency if desired. The Administrator’s Guides also can help you adapt LEAP and YES for use in shorter and longer timeframes, depending on your setting and situation.

Best of all, each Administrator’s Guide is complimentary with your LEAP or YES purchase. Career Action Resources will send you the appropriate Administrator’s Guide in PDF for you to use and share with your staff as needed. Contact us for more information.


"No. Sorry. No." That's what many job seekers hear from employers. Wouldn't it be great for your job hunters to hear "Yes"?

Click the video below to learn how a self-guiding career assessment, Your Employment Search (YES), leads job seekers to an effective, personalized job-hunting strategy.


With YES, your job seekers will create a plan to help them get hired in the right job as quickly as possible.

YES is published by Career Action Resources, LLC, creators of best-practice job search tools used in workforce, employment, and career services around the nation. Learn more about YES and its benefits as a job seeker resource.