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

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A new requirement for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program states RESEA funds must be used for "service delivery strategies demonstrated to reduce the average number of weeks participants receive benefits by improving participant employment outcomes,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

LEAP.PNGUnemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 07-19 says RESEAs must use evidence-based strategies where they exist. “The goal is to ensure that each state employs RESEA interventions and service delivery strategies that, based on rigorous evaluations, improve employment outcomes and reduce benefit duration or that the intervention or service delivery strategy are being evaluated to determine their effectiveness in achieving these goals.”

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

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

 

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.