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.

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Many job seekers and UI claimants rely on state job boards to find job openings. But using state job boards as a sole job search tool creates three problems:

  1. It's not the best way to get hired. Although some job seekers get hired through online ads, research shows many more people get hired through networking and personal contacts. If your job hunters are Go Beyond State Job Boards [Career Action Blog]seeking jobs only through a state job board or a state talent bank, they are missing many opportunities in the hidden job market and with employers who do not advertise.
  2. It feels like an accomplishment, but it usually is not. Job hunters can tell you that hitting SUBMIT on an online job application usually sends it into a black hole. Although job seekers may believe they are achieving something by applying for jobs online, in reality they have not advanced their job hunt as more active job search methods would. Most online applications receive no response from employers. Applying for job after job through a state job board is essentially a passive way to job search.
  3. It's a way to get screened out, not hired. Employers use automated systems to screen out job applications that don't include the right job key words, training, skills, salary level, education level, and more. Applications that don’t pass an electronic screening never get seen by a human being.

In addition, running a state job board is a big endeavor. Larry Good and Ed Strong of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce discuss this issue in “Reimagining Workforce Policy in the United States,” part of an ebook titled, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The ebook was published in 2015 by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Larry Good and Ed Strong write, “States should get out of the business of operating job boards/talent banks. The market for such e-boards is vast, and the investment required for states to operate their own does not make sense. Rather, American Job Centers…should offer those seeking…employment good information about how to effectively take advantage of...information that fits the individual.”

So what's the solution? You need to instruct your job hunters on active job searching, including networking and reaching out to employers who have not advertised. In other words, job seekers and UI claimants should understand that using a state job board alone is not the best way to get hired.

Need help teaching your job seekers the most-effective job search methods? Consider Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, LLC.

YES provides an assessment, active job search guidance, and personalized proactive strategy in just 4 steps. YES enhances your WIOA career services for intake, orientations, RESEAs, IEPs, workshops, Rapid Response, youth services, and much more.



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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an important opportunity under WIOA is for states to reexamine how the one-stop delivery system provides reemployment services to unemployment insurance (UI) claimants.

Integrating UI Programs into One Stops [Career Action Blog]"The coordination of employment services and UI claimant services is essential to ensure an integrated approach to reemployment service delivery," says Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for the USDOL.

WIOA strengthens "the connectivity between the state's delivery of employment services" to UI claimants and "maximizes the opportunities for claimants to return to employment as quickly as possible," Wu explains.

Improved integration of UI programs into the one-stop system includes the following (per UI Program Letter 20-15):

Tall order? Absolutely. But UI programs are a key gateway to the workforce system, Portia Wu stresses, especially under WIOA.

P.S.: Need help guiding UI claimants to reemployment in your state one stops? Learn about LEAP and YES tools, used in the most-effective reemployment program in the one-stop system.

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Getting workforce program results was a theme we heard at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) conference sessions yesterday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Wilkinson at NASWADave Wilkinson (left), director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, told state workforce leaders that we know what we are spending and what we are spending it on, but often we’re not sure what we’re getting in terms of program outcomes. He discussed “Pay for Performance,” where service providers are paid upon achieving desired results. Wilkinson said proven “solutions are sitting on the shelf” and “remain under-implemented” in many government programs.

Wilkinson encouraged attendees to use Pay for Performance under WIOA as a way to get results on tight budgets for the public workforce system. He said various clearinghouses exist and are being developed with information on “rigorously verified social outcomes.”

In another session, a panel of state leaders gave overviews of their state reemployment programs. Lorena Hernandez, workforce services administrator for the Nebraska Department of Labor, discussed how her state is now conducting Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs) in four steps that include a brief mandatory group orientation, a mandatory one-on-one meeting with a staff member to develop a personalized plan, a referral to services, and follow up. RESEAs are a proven way to reduce unemployment insurance (UI) duration, per studies for the U.S. Department of Labor. Alice Sweeney, director of the Department of Career Services in Massachusetts, said her state is now requiring all UI claimants to come in for inventories, labor market information, and reemployment planning.

In keeping with the day’s focus on results, NASWA held an awards presentation called “Salute to Leadership.” Ten awards were given for excellence and leadership to individuals, agencies, and business.

The NASWA conference ends today, Oct. 9, 2015, with a closing keynote on leadership by Joshua Davies, CEO of the Center for Work Ethic Development. Thank you to the NASWA staff and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for a great event that brought together more than 230 workforce leaders from around the nation. Next year's NASWA Conference is in Oklahoma City, Sept 27-29, 2016.