New! LEAP Reemployment Tool Published in Second Edition

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second Edition As you know, helping laid-off individuals is a challenge. Each laid-off worker has different worries. Many find it difficult to create an action plan for reemployment.

Across the nation, American Job Centers, reemployment programs, and career services have turned to a concise tool, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), to help dislocated workers organize and move forward on their key concerns. LEAP combines self-assessment, guidance, and planning into a 6-panel format. LEAP answers the key question of “What do I do now?” by helping laid-off workers gain clarity on their top issues and develop personalized action steps.

New Second Edition Recently Published

LEAP has just been released in a completely updated new Second Edition, announced its publisher, Career Action Resources, LLC. The Second Edition reflects input from customers, an increased focus on social media and technology in the job hunt, implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplace, and much more. LEAP Administrator’s Guide has been completely revised for the Second Edition.

Second Edition Changes and Highlights

Highlights of LEAP, Second Edition, improvements and changes include the following:

  • Gives information on the Health Insurance Marketplace for people who have lost their employer health coverage
  • Makes additional references to skills, especially transferable skills
  • Includes a reminder to UI claimants to report a return to work, which is required by law so unemployment benefits can cease
  • Provides references to social media for job hunting
  • Lists 2-1-1 and free online career tools from the U.S. Department of Labor as additional resources
  • Streamlines content and includes other changes to make LEAP easier and faster to complete

LEAP is used in the nation’s most-effective reemployment program, according to a study for the U.S. Department of Labor. It is considered an “innovative” best practice for reemployment programs, states the same study.

Help your dislocated workers take a LEAP to reemployment. Learn more about LEAP.

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Conducting in-person RESEAs under WIOA? Address UI claimants' specific needs with LEAP.


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Maximum Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Grant Awards by State, from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

State

FY 2018
Funding
Limit

FY 2019
Funding
Limit

ALABAMA

$795,330

$994,163

ALASKA

$277,095

$346,369

ARIZONA

$708,657

$885,821

ARKANSAS

$433,614

$542,018

CALIFORNIA

$12,373,884

$15,467,355

COLORADO

$396,880

$496,100

CONNECTICUT

$1,485,532

$1,856,915

DELAWARE

$579,550

$724,438

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$617,055

$771,319

FLORIDA

$5,542,805

$6,928,506

GEORGIA

$815,320

$1,019,150

HAWAII

$996,725

$1,245,906

IDAHO

$700,235

$875,294

ILLINOIS

$1,332,756

$1,665,945

INDIANA

$4,340,128

$5,425,160

IOWA

$1,516,589

$1,895,736

KANSAS

$717,576

$896,970

KENTUCKY

$882,015

$1,102,519

LOUISIANA

$1,645,839

$2,057,299

MAINE

$0

$868,626

MARYLAND

$1,182,411

$1,478,014

MASSACHUSETTS

$5,807,643

$7,259,554

MICHIGAN

$2,107,622

$2,634,528

MINNESOTA

$1,448,417

$1,810,521

MISSISSIPPI

$960,544

$1,200,680

MISSOURI

$756,048

$945,060

MONTANA

$637,494

$796,868

NEBRASKA

$493,213

$616,516

NEVADA

$2,067,585

$2,584,481

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$1,292,886

$1,616,108

NEW JERSEY

$1,884,565

$2,355,706

NEW MEXICO

$577,576

$721,970

NEW YORK

$19,226,238

$24,032,798

NORTH CAROLINA

$4,308,865

$5,386,081

NORTH DAKOTA

$474,250

$592,813

OHIO

$3,212,411

$4,015,514

 

OKLAHOMA

$927,406

$1,159,258

 

 

OREGON

$4,593,348

$5,741,685

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

$1,472,449

$1,840,561

 

 

PUERTO RICO

$317,827

$397,284

 

 

RHODE ISLAND

$1,099,021

$1,373,776

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

$1,243,856

$1,556,260

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

$346,354

$432,943

 

 

TENNESSEE

$2,606,815

$3,258,519

 

 

TEXAS

$7,478,542

$9,348,178

 

 

UTAH

$1,722,218

$2,152,773

 

 

VERMONT

$691,263

$864,079

 

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

$335,988

$419,985

 

 

VIRGINIA

$1,619,474

$2,024,343

 

 

WASHINGTON

$9,151,468

$11,439,335

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

$325,677

$407,096

 

 

WISCONSIN

$2,887,981

$3,609,976

 

 

WYOMING

$0

$495,112

 

           

A new study for the U.S. Department of Labor concludes that one-on-one, staff-assisted career services at American Job Centers are a positive investment for improving customer employment and pay.

Researchers followed more than 34,000 study participants who received different service levels.

According to the USDOL, “The final report found that intensive services (generally similar to individualized career services under WIOA) increased employment, wages, receipt of a credential, the likelihood of fringe benefits, and hours worked....The cost-benefit analysis indicates that intensive (career) services are a positive investment from the standpoint of customers, taxpayers, and society as a whole.”

The report summary, titled Providing Public Workforce Services to Job Seekers, can be read here.

Need tools to help with one-on-one career services? Consider Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and  Your Employment Search (YES) by Career Action Resources. Request complimentary LEAP and YES review samples now.

 

Losing weight and saving money are good New Year’s resolutions. But job hunters should consider resolutions that will speed their search and help them land a good job. Here are 3 resolutions to suggest for a happy new year and a happy new job. 

  1. Pinpoint what you want to do. “I’ll do anything” is a time waster in the job search. Why? You spend hours applying for jobs that don’t suit you. Employers want workers who match their needs. So figure out what you are good at and what your skills are. If you need help making this determination, use the U.S. Department of Labor’s MyNextMove.
  2. Go beyond online job applications. To improve your chances of getting hired, use active search techniques, such as networking and contacting employers who may need your skills. By using these methods, employers may hire you when an opening becomes available. Plus, you’ll avoid the stampede of applicants responding to online job ads.
  3. Tailor your resume to the job. If you take the time to tailor your job search materials to a job opening, employers can easily see why you are qualified. Be sure to add keywords, which are the specific skills and experience you possess that employers want. 

Need more ways to help job seekers in a new year? Consider Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, LLC. YES teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas to immediately boost the job hunt. Request a complimentary YES review sample now.