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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Career Action Blog

The following information came from a news release by the U.S. Department of Labor and has been shortened and edited slightly.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the launch of, a mobile-friendly web application that helps youth plan their careers, explore education and training options, and search and apply for jobs.

Developed with input from young adults and program providers, includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, tips, and best practices. The app also connects young people to in-person career services and resources to overcome the challenges of addiction; homelessness; criminal conviction; or a lack of financial, family, or community support.

GetMyFuture App Helps Young People Enter Job Market [Career Action Blog]

“As part of the Obama administration’s sustained efforts to break down barriers and expand opportunities for young people, places job resources and workforce services at their fingertips,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu.

“These tools allow young people to harness the power of technology to access information to jumpstart their careers and improve their lives,” Wu added.

The GetMyFuture app enhances the existing CareerOneStop site, which receives more than two million visits each month, by increasing accessibility to disconnected young people and providing new customized content for those seeking career services.

Read the complete U.S. Department of Labor news release.


The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a newly enhanced one-stop site for veterans employment services. brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, and employer assistance in a single online location.

USDOL Site for Military VetsThe site has been designed as a "first stop" in the employment search process for veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses. It offers the following:

  • Details on getting one-on-one assistance in American Job Centers across the nation.
  • Veterans' Job Bank online job listings.
  • Searchable career paths by industry, by similarity to military careers, and by keyword.
  • Links to approved local training programs, colleges, and universities.
  • Resources from federal partners to connect with industry-specific career programs in many sectors, including agriculture, transportation, energy/utilities, and federal employment.
  • Tools to learn how to become an entrepreneur and to start a business.

"There are many resources for veterans seeking employment and for those employers eager to hire veterans, but it is often difficult for both groups to know where to start," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Mike Michaud. " brings those resources together in one place, making it an effective first stop on the path to meaningful employment." 


The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies to operate reemployment services and eligibility assessments (RESEA) programs for individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Estimates show that the program has reduced individual use of UI services by approximately one-and-a-half weeks, saving on average $3 for every dollar spent in costs. The RESEA initiative is described here by Career Action Resources. RESEA is the program's new name under WIOA.

2016 RESEA Funding [Career Action Blog]This is the 12th year that the USDOL has awarded grants through this initiative. Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu said, these “grant awards will ensure unemployed individuals have a wide array of workforce services available and can continue to be eligible for UI services.” 

The funds connect participants with in-person assessments and reemployment services  through local American Job Centers. Activities include developing an individual re-employment plan, providing labor market information, identifying job skills and prospects, and reviewing claimant’s continued UI benefit eligibility.

Here is a list of the RESEA grants by state:

2016 Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Grants


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Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, has been used in Nevada’s reemployment program, which is the most effective program of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor. Other states are using LEAP in their RESEA programs as well.