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, adult education programs, 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 for proven workforce development tools that comply with the “Buy American” executive order? Career Action Resources, LLC, is a workforce materials publisher with nearly 20 years of experience in the career services and workforce development fields.

All of our guides, including the best-selling Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), are completely created, designed, and printed in the United States. Our materials are made by and for Americans.

Best Practice Workforce Guides Made in USA [Career Action Blog]Our professional career resource editors incorporated feedback from the nation’s job seekers, dislocated workers, and workforce development professionals when producing LEAP and YES. LEAP, in particular, is considered a best practice in the public workforce development system, according to a report for the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Thank you for using USA-made materials by Career Action Resources to guide, assist, and support the nation’s workforce. Learn about Career Action Resources and our helpful guides used all across the nation.


R. Alexander Acosta has been sworn in as the 27th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. After being sworn in, Secretary Acosta made the following remarks: "I want to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the members of the Senate for the privilege of serving as Secretary of Labor.

"I want to thank my wife, Jan. Her unyielding support and her heartfelt love means the world to me...My daughters Delia and Rosalia are amazing...When President Trump nominated me, I had to sit down and explain to them that we were, if confirmed, moving to Washington, and they wanted to know why. 

USDOL Secretary Acosta

"And so I sort of took a pause and I tried to explain what being Secretary of Labor means in words that a four and then six-year-old could understand. And this is what I said, 'Daddy helps his students find good jobs and so the President has asked daddy to help people all over America find good jobs too.'

"And then it struck me explaining the responsibilities of the Secretary of Labor to a four and a six year old really helped me encapsulate so many of the responsibilities of the Department of Labor, because as Vice President said, it is about finding and helping and supporting jobs and job growth.

"My parents fled a Cuban dictatorship in search of freedom. They met in high school, they fell in love, and they married young. Neither attended college. What an amazing nation this is, that the son of refugees who forewent an education to support a family could be standing here in this room taking this oath administered by the Vice President of the United States. That is what America is about. My parents' experience is part of who I am, and frames my perspectives that I will bring to the important responsibilities of the Department of Labor.

"We have a lot of work to do.

"Too many Americans have seen jobs go overseas.

"Too many Americans have seen jobs filled by foreign workers.

"Too many Americans see that jobs are available, but that they don't have the skills or the experience to fill those jobs. The skills gap is real and needs to be addressed.

"Supporting Americans abilities to find good jobs, safe jobs, is a priority for President Trump, for Vice President Pence and for me.

"I am honored and I am profoundly humbled to be called in service of this important effort. Thank you very much."


Here is the program for the three 2017 National WIOA Convenings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor for state and local workforce development system professionals. USDOL WIOA Convenings [Career Action Blog]

The events are offering “nearly identical content” on the following dates:

  • April 18-20 in Dallas
  • May 8-10 in San Diego
  • May 23-25 in Washington, DC

Registration for all convenings has closed, but you can follow the convenings with Twitter hashtags: Dallas--#WIOADallas, San Diego--#WIOASD, and Washington, DC--#WIOADC.

Please join Career Action Resources, LLC, on Twitter in following these events. Our Twitter handle is @CareerAction.

Career Action Resources, LLC, is the creator of best-practice tools, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES). Workforce development professionals who assist job seekers and the unemployed may request complimentary review samples of LEAP and YES.