Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), Second Edition

  • Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • 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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Looking to develop the job search readiness of participants in SNAP Employment and Training and other transition support programs? 

Your Employment Search (YES) is a quick, easy-to-use tool that measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas. 

In just a few steps, YES provides an assessment and proactive strategy for job hunting. Here are the key featuresBuilding Job Search Skills in SNAP Participants [Career Action Blog] of the YES career assessment, which is published by Career Action Resources, LLC:

  • Features a 6-panel foldout design, plus a perforated panel for job seekers to summarize their employment search strategy
  • Focuses on 5 important topics: career direction, attitude, active job search, job search tools, and employer communication
  • Helps job hunters manage their attitude and keep going despite rejection
  • Provides job search help, planning, and encouragement in one tool
  • Research-based; color-coded for easy use and self-scoring; shrink-wrapped in convenient packs of 50

In just a few steps, YES helps SNAP E&T participants to

  • Assess their job search methods and motivation
  • Evaluate where they need the most improvement
  • Learn effective job hunt essentials and skills
  • Create a job search strategy

If you are a workforce development professional working with SNAP E&T participants, please request a complimentary YES sample.

If your job search workshops have become rote and sleepy, it's time to revive them with an approach that creates job seeker interaction, plus results in individualized guidance tailored to every participant. Another benefit: you'll have consistent yet customized job search workshops, even when run by multiple trainers and staff.Run Consistent Yet Customized Workshops on Job Search Essentials [Career Action Blog]

This approach uses Your Employment Search (YES), an 8-panel foldout that participants complete in a workshop or other group setting and then take home for reference. YES can also be used in one-on-one, career coaching sessions.

In just a few steps, YES helps job seekers to

  • Assess their job search methods and motivation.
  • Evaluate where they need the most improvement.
  • Learn effective job hunt essentials.
  • Create a personalized job search strategy that can become part of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP).

Individualized services are a key theme under WIOA in the nation's workforce development system. YES helps you deliver individualized services on job search planning. A free YES Administrator's Guide is available upon YES purchase.


Here's what our customers are saying about YES:


“Shows job seekers where to begin and what priorities to focus on…makes the job search more productive.”        Diana Aughe, Career Coach, Coaching from the Heart


“Great strategies for all the phases of the job search.” Jacquie Thomas, California State Library


“I use YES with teenagers and adults with disabilities during vocational evaluations / career assessments. Easy to read, easy to complete, and easy to score. Great inventory.” Workforce Program Administrator

“Thank you for creating such helpful reemployment tools." Workforce Program Administrator


Learn more about YES and request your complimentary YES sample today.


By Tom Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor


WIOA is part of a fundamental transformation in the way we prepare people for the careers of today and tomorrow. More than ever before, we're taking a job-driven approach, building unprecedented partnerships with employers and making sure training programs connect businesses that want to grow with workers who want to punch their ticket to the middle class.


We're also breaking down silos across the federal government and coordinating more closely with our regional and local partners to ensure the most effective, efficient delivery of services. As part of that process, we have been coordinating closely with our colleagues at the Education Department to develop new regulations, as required by the law, to fully implement WIOA through the workforce system.


These regulations are designed to update and streamline the system to better serve both job seekers and employers, improve accountability and transparency, increase access to work-based learning tools like apprenticeships, and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions. The rules will also improve access to education and workforce services for those who are too often on the sidelines--veterans, people with disabilities, disconnected youth and other vulnerable populations.Help Build Better Workforce System by Tom Perez [Career Action Blog]


With these rules in place, job seekers will have improved tools to identify and access training options and other employment services best suited to their needs. 


But the system works best when we're all committed to improving it. As we progress toward implementing WIOA, we're asking for your feedback. The proposed rules from the Labor and Education departments are currently available for review via the Federal Register


The comment period will open later this month, and the public will have 60 days from then to offer thoughts on how we build a better workforce system. Please take the time to participate in the process.


We've made enormous progress over the last several years to dig out of the recession and build a stronger, more resilient economy. WIOA will help us maintain that momentum in the years to come.

Note: This post is reprinted from the U.S. Department of Labor blog, dated April 2, 2015, with slight edits here for space.

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