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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The U.S. Department of Labor recently made several changes to the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. The following changes are intended to align RESEA with WIOA's vision of increased program integration and service delivery for job seekers, including UI claimants:

  • Initial RESEA Cost Limit. Considerable variation exists in the cost of the initial RESEA session across states. After comparing programs, USDOL has implemented an initial RESEA cost of no more than $155.
  • Limit on Subsequent RESEA Sessions. The number of subsequent RESEAs that may be charged to the RESEA grant has been reduced from two to one.
  • Required Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services. RESEAs were developed to supplement rather than supplant reemployment activities provided by the integrated workforce system. USDOL, therefore, now requires that RESEA participants be enrolled in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services as part of their initial RESEA.LEAP Best Practice in RESEAS [Career Action Blog] 

For a complete list of changes, as well as RESEA funding by state, see Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 03-17.

Looking for best-practice tools to use with RESEAs? Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner and Your Employment Search, both published by Career Action Resources.


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The following information appears on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) website:

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) is seeking outstanding, creative and innovative candidates for the position of Executive Director. NAWDP is a national membership association for professionals in workforce development. NAWDP advocates for the workforce industry and develops the professional capacity of workforce professionals seeking the highest standards of excellence in credentialing, applied learning opportunities, and cutting edge tools to excel in providing a skilled workforce to meet the current and future employment needs of business and industry. The position reports to the Board of Directors and serves as the Executive Director of the Partnership Education Fund (PEF). For more information on NAWDP, please check

General Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the association. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and external relations. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Work cooperatively with board and staff to fulfill the mission of the association.
  • Communicate effectively and provide all information necessary for the board to function efficiently.
  • Organize, coordinate, and facilitate board, executive, and committee meetings and activities.
  • Serves as chief spokesperson and liaison with other national organizations; participates in coalitions; directs public relations efforts to raise the visibility of NAWDP.
  • Develop partnerships with business and industry leaders to analyze trends and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding best ways to address economic, skill and workforce needs
  • Monitor legislation/public policy related to workforce development and advise Board of Directors and members regarding appropriate action.
  • Lead efforts to improve NAWDP’s nationally recognized Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential.
  • Manage and develop qualified staff.
  • Facilitate the planning and management of NAWDP’s professional development efforts, including two national conferences and monthly virtual trainings.
  • Oversee and implement resources to ensure that the operations of the association are appropriate.
  • Create an annual budget for operations and coordinate with all committees to create annual budgets to be submitted to the finance committee for annual approval; provide fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the association in a positive financial position.
  • Engage in fund raising and developing other resources necessary to support NAWDP’s mission.


Qualified candidates should:

  • Be strategic, collaborative and possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess creative and innovative solutions and strategies to address organization and mission needs.
  • Have experience in working with elected and agency officials, congressional staff, and grassroots advocates.
  • Goal orientated and self-directed as well as a “team player.”
  • Manage multiple tasks and meet required deadlines.
  • Have successful experience in leadership role in workforce development, or similar experience.
  • Possess a strong track record in management of a non-profit, member-based organization, especially experience in board development and volunteer leadership development, as well as oversight of conference development and management.
  • Possess a Bachelor degree or higher in a related field.

Position is based at NAWDP offices in Washington, DC. Cover letter and resume will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Please submit via email or via US Mail to NAWDP Executive Director Search, NAWDP, 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005.


During an initial Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) session, states must give each RESEA participant one-on-one services for an Unemployment Insurance eligibility review and also provide for the development of an individual reemployment plan tailored to an individual’s needs.

According the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 3-17 released to state workforce agencies from the U.S. Department of Labor, each RESEA must include the following components to serve the needs of UI claimants:

  • UI eligibility assessment 
  • Requirement for the claimant to report to an American Job Center (AJC)
  • Orientation to AJC services
  • Provision of labor market and career information that addresses the claimant’s specific needs
  • Registration with the state job bank
  • Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services
  • Development or revision of an individual reemployment plan that includes work search activities, accessing services provided through an AJC or using self-service tools, and/or approved training to which the claimant agrees
  • Provision of at least one additional career service, such as
  • Referrals and coordination with other workforce activities, including the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program
  • Labor Exchange, including information about in-demand industries and occupations and/or job search assistance
  • Information about the availability of supportive services
  • Information and assistance with financial aid resources outside those provided by WIOA
  • Financial literary services
  • Career readiness activities, including assistance with resume writing or interviewing

RESEA Guidelines from USDOL“In developing a service delivery design methodology for RESEA participants, states are encouraged to consider how to most effectively leverage AJC partner program resources and services as well as RESEA resources, particularly now that RESEA funds may be used to pay for actual career services,” states the letter.

“In the context of WIOA, RESEA services are a valuable one-stop resource, particularly given the increased focus that the Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended by WIOA, places on career services for UI claimants.

“States should focus their RESEA programs on helping claimants return to work as quickly as possible by providing comprehensive guidance and assistance to claimants during the initial RESEA,” the letter says.


Looking for a planning tool to help with career services? Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, a reemployment planning tool used in workforce and career services across the nation to help job seekers and the unemployed. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.