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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The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new effort to reduce improper Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments across the nation.

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"Providing states with resources to recognize and combat improper Unemployment Insurance payments is a critical piece of our federal-state partnership," U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said, according to a USDOL news release. "I have contacted governors across the nation and asked them to recommit to lowering the UI improper payment rate in their state. The Department stands ready to help states with high level of improper payments by providing targeted assistance."

In addition, the USDOL has published a redesigned "Unemployment Insurance Payment Accuracy by State" webpage that show each state's improper UI payment rate. The page offers information on each state's root causes of improper payments and other data.

Need help guiding UI claimants and the unemployed to employment? Workforce development professionals: Request a complimentary review sample of Your Employment Search (YES).

 

How do your job seekers find job openings? If they are searching the big online job sites only, they may be leaving many job possibilities on the table. It is important for job hunters to let people know they are job searching, to ask for job leads, and to look for opportunities beyond traditional job search channels.

Job seekers may find job leads and openings through the following:tips.jpg

  1. Local American Job Center
  2. Employers of interest, even if no jobs are advertised
  3. Companies running numerous help-wanted ads (they’re hiring)
  4. Family, friends, and neighbors
  5. Alumni association and career services at their school or college
  6. Professional groups and events
  7. Colleagues and former co-workers 
  8. Past classmates and teachers 
  9. Hobbies, clubs, and sports
  10. People at their place of worship 
  11. People they know through their children and their spouse/significant other
  12. People with whom they do volunteer work and community service 
  13. People who provide services, such as their dentist, accountant, and insurance agent
  14. People they've helped in the past 
  15. Recruiters and employment agencies 
  16. Job fairs and hiring events
  17. News articles about growing companies
  18. Business journals and specialty publications and job sites for their field and related industries 
  19. LinkedIn and other social media
  20. Freelancing, part-time work, and consulting work

The more doors your job seekers knock on, the more likely it is they will find a job soon. 

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Are your job seekers limiting their prospects? For example, are they looking at just one job title? If so, they may be missing out on the best possibilities.
 
Consider sharing with your job hunters these 3 ways to expand a job search to get hired faster in a position that’s best for them:

 

  1. Expand your job title based on your skills. List all the titles that your desired job can be called. For example, a marketing manager may be called a brand manager, communications coordinator, or promotions specialist. Online job sites will bring up similar job titles in a search. Don’t ignore the job titles that look like a poor match at first glance; read the job ad and consider whether your background matches the role. Also important are transferable skills—those skills that easily transfer from one occupation to another, such as computer skills and interpersonal skills.
  2. Expand your target employer list. Although you may want to work for a certain employer, broaden your hunt to include all organizations that need your skills. 
  3. Expand your job search approach. Don’t let online job hunting be your sole search method. Direct human contact is still the best way to get hired. Also reach out to employers, even if you don’t see advertised job openings. 

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