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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President Trump’s 2018 budget requests $9.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Labor, a $2.5 billion or 21 percent decrease from the 2017 annualized continuing resolution (CR) level. The president’s 2018 budget proposes and states the following:Trump Proposes 21% USDOL Budget Cut [Career Action Blog]

  • Expands Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (editor’s note: now called “Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments”--RESEA), an evidence-based activity that saves an average of $536 per claimant in unemployment insurance benefit costs by reducing improper payments and getting claimants back to work more quickly and at higher wages.
  • Reduces funding for ineffective, duplicative, and peripheral job training grants. As part of this, eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), for a savings of $434 million from the 2017 annualized CR level. SCSEP is ineffective in meeting its purpose of transitioning low-income unemployed seniors into unsubsidized jobs. As many as one-third of participants fail to complete the program and of those who do, only half successfully transition to unsubsidized employment.
  • Focuses the Bureau of International Labor Affairs on ensuring that U.S. trade agreements are fair for American workers. The budget eliminates the bureau’s largely noncompetitive and unproven grant funding, which would save at least $60 million from the 2017 annualized CR level.
  • Improves Job Corps for the disadvantaged youth it serves by closing centers that do a poor job educating and preparing students for jobs.
  • Decreases federal support for job training and employment service formula grants, shifting more responsibility for funding these services to states, localities, and employers.
  • Helps states expand apprenticeship, an evidence-based approach to preparing workers for jobs.
  • Refocuses the Office of Disability Employment Policy, eliminating less critical technical assistance grants and launching an early intervention demonstration project to allow states to test and evaluate methods that help individuals with disabilities remain attached to or reconnect to the labor market.
  • Eliminates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s unproven training grants, yielding savings of almost $11 million from the 2017 annualized CR level and focusing the agency on its central work of keeping workers safe on the job.

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Under WIOA, workforce development and our partners are encouraged to deliver streamlined, efficient career services through the American Job Center Network. 

According to guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, part of this streamlining includes integrating American Job Center services by function, rather than by program. "Service integration focuses on serving all customers seamlessly (including targeted populations) by providing a full range of services staffed by relevant functional teams."

Your Employment Search (YES) for WIOA Career Services [Career Action Blog]

USDOL guidance states American Job Center staff should be trained and equipped with the skills and knowledge to "provide superior service to job seekers." All customers should have the opportunity to receive "career planning and job placement services." 

Need a tool to help you and your staff provide superior, integrated career services under WIOA? Want to offer consistent job search help to customers?

Consider using Your Employment Search (YES) with all job-seeking customers. YES is a self-guiding planner that gives tailored career guidance and a proactive strategy in four quick steps. 

Workforce development and career services professionals: Request a complimentary YES review sample.

YES ordering information.


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Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) fills the need for a concise, effective tool that helps dislocated workers and Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants organize the most important concerns faced during a layoff. LEAP’s simplicity belies its remarkable effectiveness. The creators of LEAP, Career Action Resources, LLC, learned that while other resources provide some information on coping with layoffs, no other tool gives dislocated workers a quick, self-directed, self-guided way to assess, rank, and learn about their biggest issues. LEAP answers the key question of “What do I do now?” by helping laid-off workers discover their top problems and by providing suggestions for action.

Although laid-off individuals have lost jobs through no fault of their own, their problems vary depending on many factors, such as their financial situation, age, attitude, marketable skills, work history, education, and support system, to name some. A workforce professional who reviewed LEAP commented that dislocated workers are often overwhelmed by their situation but in different ways.Need for LEAP Under WIOA [Career Action Blog]

Thus, the one-size-fits-all information that laid-off workers often receive will not suit their needs completely or may not address certain personal issues and barriers. For example, if an individual is encouraged to start a job search but hasn’t defined her next career choice, she may flounder and quickly get frustrated. Or if a person can’t seem to take action on networking or writing a resume, he may need to acknowledge his lingering shock or the importance of managing his time by creating a job search schedule.

As the anxieties after job loss mount, the unemployed may have difficulty sorting through their questions, options, and fears. Creating an action plan for their next steps may be overwhelming. The situation may cause delays in seeking help and in being proactive on job search and other fronts. LEAP provides laid-off workers with eye-opening information in a quick, easy-to-read format and pinpoints the reemployment resources that each individual needs most.

It is important to note that LEAP is not a test but rather a tool to help laid-off workers rank their needs and create an action plan. In addition, LEAP provides workforce development and employment specialists, career coaches, and career counselors with a way to identify the needs of laid-off workers and UI claimants, to begin a dialog to meet these needs, and to tailor reemployment services to individuals, as required by WIOA.

LEAP can help people find jobs because it accomplishes the following:

  • Lessens immobilization and confusion
  • Addresses an individual’s unique situation and needs
  • Provides proven job search help, career guidance, and labor market insight
  • Advises individuals to create a job search plan, start their job search without delay, and make it a full-time process
  • Guides Individual Reemployment Plan (IRP) development, as described by WIOA
  • Recommends the assistance and services that will most benefit the individual
  • Encourages the unemployed to use the services of American Job Centers

Learn more about LEAP. Workforce development and career professionals can request a complimentary review sample of LEAP

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