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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During an initial Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) session, states must give each RESEA participant one-on-one services for an Unemployment Insurance eligibility review and also provide for the development of an individual reemployment plan tailored to an individual’s needs.

According the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 3-17 released to state workforce agencies from the U.S. Department of Labor, each RESEA must include the following components to serve the needs of UI claimants:

  • UI eligibility assessment 
  • Requirement for the claimant to report to an American Job Center (AJC)
  • Orientation to AJC services
  • Provision of labor market and career information that addresses the claimant’s specific needs
  • Registration with the state job bank
  • Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services
  • Development or revision of an individual reemployment plan that includes work search activities, accessing services provided through an AJC or using self-service tools, and/or approved training to which the claimant agrees
  • Provision of at least one additional career service, such as
  • Referrals and coordination with other workforce activities, including the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program
  • Labor Exchange, including information about in-demand industries and occupations and/or job search assistance
  • Information about the availability of supportive services
  • Information and assistance with financial aid resources outside those provided by WIOA
  • Financial literary services
  • Career readiness activities, including assistance with resume writing or interviewing

RESEA Guidelines from USDOL“In developing a service delivery design methodology for RESEA participants, states are encouraged to consider how to most effectively leverage AJC partner program resources and services as well as RESEA resources, particularly now that RESEA funds may be used to pay for actual career services,” states the letter.

“In the context of WIOA, RESEA services are a valuable one-stop resource, particularly given the increased focus that the Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended by WIOA, places on career services for UI claimants.

“States should focus their RESEA programs on helping claimants return to work as quickly as possible by providing comprehensive guidance and assistance to claimants during the initial RESEA,” the letter says.


Looking for a planning tool to help with career services? Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, a reemployment planning tool used in workforce and career services across the nation to help job seekers and the unemployed. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.


The U.S. Department of Labor has released the maximum fiscal year 2017 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) grant awards for the public workforce development system. 

2017 RESEA Grants by State [Career Action Blog]

These limits are provided in anticipation that the total available funding for RESEAs will be similar or equal to the level provided for FY 2016. However, grant awards remain subject to availability of federal funds,” according to Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 3-17

Here is the state-by-state list of FY 2017 RESEA funding, along with the FY 2015 and FY 2016 awards for comparison.


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Rejection goes hand in hand with job searching. It can sap job seekers' energy and enthusiasm. But you can make a difference by offering these 3 tips for handling job search rejection:

  • Expect it. Rejection can catch job seekers off guard. Let them know rejection is part of the job hunt Reject Rejection in the Job Search [Career Action Blog]process. They should adjust their mindsets to accept it.
  • Don't take rejection personally. When job seekers don't hear from employers or aren't hired after job interviews, they should not internalize the rejection or take it personally. Reassure job hunters that the right opportunity will come if they keep doing the footwork.
  • Keep going. Encourage job seekers to remain persistent and positive throughout their job hunt.

By not letting rejection get the best of them, your job hunters will stay on the road to employment.





Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, LLC, can minimize job search rejection. It guides job seekers in creating a personalized, effective job hunt action plan. Workforce and career services professionals can request complimentary YES review samples.


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