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).


Career Action Blog

“This Jobs Program Just Might Get People Back to Work” is the title of a recent Pew Trusts article that describes the success and expansion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s RESEA (Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment) program, particularly in Nevada.

The story details how Nevada’s RESEA program has the best results of all the states studied, saving more than four times the RESEA costs and shortening participants' unemployment insurance benefits by approximately three weeks.

Nevada’s RESEA program “significantly reduced the amount of time people received unemployment benefits,” states the Pew Trusts article by staff writer Sophie Quinton.

Nevada uses Career Action Resources assessment guides with its RESEA participants. In particular, our Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) is described in the first RESEA (then called REA) study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor as an “innovative self-assessment” that helps claimants identify their needs.

Learning About Your Scores in Step 2 of LEAP, Second Edition.jpgThe USDOL report also states LEAP is useful to workforce staff by helping them better refer claimants to much-needed services. Nevada is now using Your Employment Search (YES) in its RESEA program. Read more about the RESEA research.

Need proven tools to guide UI claimants, job seekers, and staff? Request a complimentary review sample of LEAP and YES.


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Do you have job seekers who can't seem to get hired? They may appear to be doing everything right, but they may actually be passive job hunters, according to the Editors at Career Action Resources. Here are 3 signs that individuals are being passive in their employment search.

  1. Only applying for job after job online. Online job applications are a key way to apply for jobs. But online applications have pitfalls. First, if a person's skills and experience do not match the opening, an application may be automatically rejected. Second, if an individual is applying for many jobs, chances are he or she is not a good fit for all of them. Third, they are missing opportunities to job search in more effective ways, such as networking with people who can connect them to hiring managers. Encourage job hunters to target their search and go beyond online applications.
  2. Not tailoring a cover letter and resume to each job. Using the same cover letter and resume for each job is easy; it is also passive. Instead, ask job seekers to take some time match their materials to the job opening. It may help to emphasize qualifications that especially fit the opening. This approach makes it easier for employers to see how an applicant meets their needs.
  3. Spending just a few hours a week on their job search. Suggest that job seekers create a schedule of job search activities, including applying for jobs, networking, researching and contacting employers, and practicing interview skills.

Your Employment Search [Career Action Blog]The good news is, all job hunters can become more active in the search for employment. With an active job hunt, they'll be more likely to get hired quickly in the right job.

Need help explaining to your job seekers how an active employment search works? Consider using Your Employment Search (YES). a best-practice tool for tailored job search guidance, in your career centers. Workforce development professionals can request a complimentary review sample of YES from Career Action Resources, LLC.

 

 

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