Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), Second Edition

Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

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 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. 


LEAP’s BENEFITSResponding to 8 Scales on the LEAP in Step 1

  • Combines self-assessment, guidance, and planning into a 6-panel foldout format
  • Is helping thousands of dislocated workers to cope with job loss, to assess their needs, and to create a personalized reemployment plan
  • 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 employment services to each person’s needs and give useful career and job search guidance on the spot

SCALES / TOPICS COVEREDLearning About LEAP Scores 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 the unemployed to prioritize the 8 concerns and to gain clarity on where to turn and what to do next.


  • 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 Reemployment Plan with LEAP 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 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, American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Eligibility and Assessments (REA), 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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"No. Sorry. No." That's what many job seekers hear from employers. Wouldn't it be great for your job hunters to hear "Yes"?

Click the video below to learn how a self-guiding career assessment, Your Employment Search (YES), leads job seekers to an effective, personalized job-hunting strategy.


With YES, your job seekers will create a plan to help them get hired in the right job as quickly as possible.

YES is published by Career Action Resources, LLC, creators of best-practice job search tools used in workforce, employment, and career services around the nation. Learn more about YES and its benefits as a job seeker resource.


A new study shows that job seekers who learn how to job search are 2.67 times more likely to find employment than those who do not. Lack of job search skills, rather than lack of occupational skills, is a key factor in job search failure, according to researchers Songqi Liu (Pennsylvania State University), Jason L. Huang (Wayne State University), and Mo Wang (University of Florida), who published their findings in the Psychological Bulletin.

The study analyzed data from more than 9,500 job seekers in nearly 50 job search classes and training programs. The job search skills taught in these programs included identifying job leads and presenting one’s self well in resumes and job interviews. The odds of getting hired increased even more if the job search training included motivational aspects, such as proactivity (5.88 times higher), goal setting (4.67 times), and social support (4.27 times).

Job search training “could become more effective by combining both skill development-focused and motivation enhancement-focused techniques,” said the researchers.

Your Employment Search (YES) Covers Effective Job Searching [Career Action Blog]Your Employment Search (YES) by Career Action Resources, LLC, focuses on job search skills and includes motivational aspects and social support, which are important aspects in maximizing job search success, according to the study.

Individuals who take YES evaluate their job hunt skills, motivation and attitude, and more, plus get guidance to improve in these areas and create a proactive job search plan.

Career Action Resources, LLC, originally published this information as an e-newsletter article on Aug. 6, 2014, and expanded it for this Career Action blog post.

Phone calls to crisis hotlines have surged since the suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received the greatest number of calls in its history the day after Williams’ death was announced, according to reports.National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Robin Williams shocker reminds us that people with suicidal thoughts should seek professional help. For the workforce development community, it elevates a related issue: "We know that suicide increases among adults when communities are hit with widespread layoffs,” says Anna Gassman-Pines, assistant professor of public policy and faculty fellow of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

Research by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center found a “strong relationship exists between unemployment, the economy, and suicide,” although more than one factor drives people to kill themselves, the center states.

“No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7,” states the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. "Your call is confidential and free," it adds.

As you work with the nation’s jobless who may also seem hopeless, it’s an important phone number to keep in mind and on hand, suggests the staff at Career Action Resources, LLC, which specializes in self-assessments that help job seekers and the unemployed.