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 COVERED

  • 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

FORMAT

  • 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

AUDIENCES

  • 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.

USES

  • 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

DEVELOPMENT

  • Created with input from workforce development/career professionals and dislocated workers
  • Research based
  • Created and printed in the USA by Career Action Resources

IN THE NEWS

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, USATODAY.com, Yahoo! News, and others.

TESTIMONIALS

Career professionals and dislocated workers recommend LEAP because it provides needed guidance to laid-off workers. Read LEAP testimonials.

Seen on USATODAY.com

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Career Action Blog

Looking for resources and guidance to help your state meet Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) evaluation requirements?

Check out the following information described on WorkforceGPS, a website for workforce professionals that is sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

These resources, linked on WorkforceGPS, offer evidence-based guidance and tools for studying and implementing RESEA evaluation requirements:

  • RESEA Evaluation Resource List provides studies and tools that might help RESEA administrators and staff understand and produce evidence about their RESEA interventions.
  • RESEA topic area tab on CLEAR highlights studies in the reemployment evidence base relevant to the RESEA program. 
  • TEGL 06-19 and UIPL 01-20 explain Expectations for States Implementing the RESEA Program Requirements for Conducting Evaluations and Building Program Evidence.

USDOL Research of LEAP by Career Action Resources for REA - RESEA.jpg - Copy 1Read more information and learn about other RESEA Evaluation and Evidence tools. 

In a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL on CLEAR, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. 

LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about LEAP.
 

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a webinar recording titled “RESEA: Overview of Evaluation and Evidence Requirements.” States are evaluating Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) interventions and service-delivery strategies during fiscal year 2020.

The webinar offers guidance for conducting evaluations and building program evidence, specifically to reduce Unemployment Insurance (UI) program duration and improve participant outcomes. The webinar describes how studies are rated on the USDOL's Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) website.

reseaIn a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL on CLEAR, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about the high-casual evidence study here. 

Workforce development professionals: Request your complimentary LEAP review sample now.

 

Being laid off creates shock, stress, worry, and many other emotions. But dislocated workers must not let their reactions and feelings get in the way of taking fast action in the job search. Here are the three biggest mistakes the unemployed make and must be proactive about as soon as they get a pink slip:

  • They don't apply for unemployment insurance or seek help from American Job Centers. People don't apply for UI for many reasons. Be sure you are educating the unemployed, the soon-to-be unemployed, and Key Mistakes After Layoffseven the general public about UI and your many job search, career, and training services.
  • They "take a break" before starting a job hunt. Skills, contacts, self-image, and motivation can fade rapidly. Two weeks "off" can turn into two months...or more. So encourage the unemployed to start job hunting immediately.
  • They are passive at job searching. Applying for jobs online may feel like a positive activity. But most of those job applications go into a black hole. So it’s key that job seekers understand they must network and reach out to employers who need their experience, even if no jobs are advertised. 

Want to give dislocated workers the best guidance on active job searching? Take a look at the Your Employment Search (YES) tool by Career Action Resources, LLC. YES measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas to immediately boost the job search. Request a complimentary YES review sample now.