Completing Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second EditionLayoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) Testimonials

COMMENTS FROM WORKFORCE & CAREER PROFESSIONALS

“The long-term unemployed and newly approved UI claimants complete LEAP prior to meeting with staff. It is a good opportunity for the unemployed to reflect on their employability. The staff tells individuals they will be keeping LEAP, so they should please take their time to answer each question as it applies to them today. LEAP gives an overall picture of the claimant’s situation and readiness for employment.”  
    Deputy Administrator

 

"We use LEAP during orientations by having UI claimants complete Steps 1 and 2…then we sit down individually and discuss Step 3. Claimants are all very receptive to it! Plus, it gives us more topics to discuss to see how we can better help them. Thanks for such a useful tool!"
      RESEA Program Administrator

 

LEAP “looks at those being laid-off holistically and encourages them to look at all areas of their lives…It’s an assessment that laid-off workers can do themselves, and it puts things in perspective for them.”  
     Programs Manager

 

LEAP “is a good tool to help job seekers construct their own daily action plan toward reaching their goal. We use it for our dislocated worker clients.”   
    Program Assistant

 

“We love LEAP. It helps the unemployed think of the many issues they are facing and verbalize what they are worried about. We wouldn’t get to some issues without LEAP because people are overwhelmed by stress. LEAP gives them a tool for moving forward. LEAP also helps our staff.”


“Gives a lot of information to help clients think and plan. Suggestions on how to handle financial situations, deal with emotional issues, and start the job search are very useful.”

 

“Puts things in perspective and organizes the topics dislocated workers need to deal with.” 

 

LEAP "is simple to understand, gets good results, and organizes topics into manageable areas for discussion. We use LEAP with the long-term unemployed and with the welfare-to-work population."

 

“LEAP is simple yet effective. It helps clients gain clarity, and the suggestions lead to powerful action steps.”                     Career Coach

 

"We use LEAP with welfare-to-work and displaced workers. It is concise and relevant with good talking points for working with program participants. LEAP is affordable and standardized."

 

"We use LEAP with the ex-offender population. It is easy to read and explain to customers."

 

LEAP "helps folks target what their major concerns are. It is a good ice breaker for my workshop. I use LEAP with newly unemployed customers."

 

“I handed out LEAP at the beginning of the TAA orientation meeting. It provided information on specific factors dislocated workers may not be aware of.”
 

“LEAP career planner was very popular and well received in libraries that participated in a California statewide grant project targeting workforce development.”    
    Jacquie Thomas, California State Library
 

“Brings to light the issues confronting laid-off workers.”


"I haven’t seen anything as ‘deep’ as LEAP. It can be used multiple times—many job seekers are at different stages and have different concerns depending on the length of their layoff.”

 

LEAP helps us with clients “to assess unemployment insurance, verbalize unemployment concerns, and give tools to create an employment plan.”

 

COMMENTS FROM DISLOCATED WORKERS

"LEAP showed me “where my needs are and where to get help.”
       Van Wells, dislocated worker
 

“A useful tool for taking positive steps. It makes you realize that you are not alone.”
       John Graham, dislocated worker
 

“Anyone who has lost a job needs help in sorting out what to expect and what steps to take to feel secure until returning to the workforce. LEAP eases a great deal of frustration.”
       Virginia Wooden, dislocated worker
 

Helped me “learn about the need for training after a layoff.”
       Marvin Peterson, dislocated worker
 

“Very self-explanatory. Gave me suggestions to help with emotional issues and deal with stress.”
       Natalie Quakenbush, dislocated worker


Helped me realize “being afraid and confused are common. I know now I’m not alone. I would recommend LEAP to other laid-off workers for peace of mind.”
       Dan Copeland, dislocated worker
 

“Great tool to assess the anxieties I have been dealing with. It reinforced how important it is to stay on track. After standing in line at the unemployment office and asking for assistance, I realize LEAP is a very valuable resource.”
       Vicki DeLira, dislocated worker

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).


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Looking for resources and guidance to help your state meet Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) evaluation requirements?

Check out the following information described on WorkforceGPS, a website for workforce professionals that is sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

These resources, linked on WorkforceGPS, offer evidence-based guidance and tools for studying and implementing RESEA evaluation requirements:

  • RESEA Evaluation Resource List provides studies and tools that might help RESEA administrators and staff understand and produce evidence about their RESEA interventions.
  • RESEA topic area tab on CLEAR highlights studies in the reemployment evidence base relevant to the RESEA program. 
  • TEGL 06-19 and UIPL 01-20 explain Expectations for States Implementing the RESEA Program Requirements for Conducting Evaluations and Building Program Evidence.

USDOL Research of LEAP by Career Action Resources for REA - RESEA.jpg - Copy 1Read more information and learn about other RESEA Evaluation and Evidence tools. 

In a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL on CLEAR, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. 

LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about LEAP.
 

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a webinar recording titled “RESEA: Overview of Evaluation and Evidence Requirements.” States are evaluating Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) interventions and service-delivery strategies during fiscal year 2020.

The webinar offers guidance for conducting evaluations and building program evidence, specifically to reduce Unemployment Insurance (UI) program duration and improve participant outcomes. The webinar describes how studies are rated on the USDOL's Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) website.

reseaIn a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL on CLEAR, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about the high-casual evidence study here. 

Workforce development professionals: Request your complimentary LEAP review sample now.

 

Being laid off creates shock, stress, worry, and many other emotions. But dislocated workers must not let their reactions and feelings get in the way of taking fast action in the job search. Here are the three biggest mistakes the unemployed make and must be proactive about as soon as they get a pink slip:

  • They don't apply for unemployment insurance or seek help from American Job Centers. People don't apply for UI for many reasons. Be sure you are educating the unemployed, the soon-to-be unemployed, and Key Mistakes After Layoffseven the general public about UI and your many job search, career, and training services.
  • They "take a break" before starting a job hunt. Skills, contacts, self-image, and motivation can fade rapidly. Two weeks "off" can turn into two months...or more. So encourage the unemployed to start job hunting immediately.
  • They are passive at job searching. Applying for jobs online may feel like a positive activity. But most of those job applications go into a black hole. So it’s key that job seekers understand they must network and reach out to employers who need their experience, even if no jobs are advertised. 

Want to give dislocated workers the best guidance on active job searching? Take a look at the Your Employment Search (YES) tool by Career Action Resources, LLC. YES measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas to immediately boost the job search. Request a complimentary YES review sample now.