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 WSS database covers job search assistance, employer engagement, partnerships, case management, and many other workforce development issues. The research describes methodology, major findings, and recommendations. Learn more at Workforce System Strategies: Your Home for Evidence-Based Research and Emerging Practices.

Did You Know? In a "high causal evidence" study cited by the U.S. Department of Labor, only one reemployment tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.
 

 

As the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) marks its 70th birthday in 2019, the Editors at Career Action Resources have assembled this brief look back at its origins and history using information from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.

OOH 2006-2007
The cover of the 2006-07 OOH, as published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The first version of the handbook, called “Occupational Outlook Information,” was issued in August 1946. It was prepared at the request and under the financial support of the Veterans Administration to make information available to returning World War II veterans about the need for general education and for trained personnel in various occupations. 

In answer to many requests, an Occupational Outlook Handbook was then published in spring 1949 and sold to the public. Subsequent editions of the Handbook were published in 1951, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, and biennially in even-numbered years starting in 1966. 

The BLS assembled and wrote the OOH, which became a very big book and a nationally recognized, respected source of career information. With each edition, the BLS updated the 10-year employment projections for hundreds of occupations and made many updates and changes to the in-depth occupational descriptions, plus added new jobs, as the economy changed.

For 2010-11, the BLS published the final OOH print edition. At that point, the OOH went solely online, although some publishers continued to offer printed versions for sale to bookstores, workforce programs, libraries, schools, and other customers.

To this day, the OOH continues to provide comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable labor market information and descriptions for our economy’s jobs, always with an eye toward the future. It gives essential facts and figures about prospective changes in the world of work and the skills and qualifications that will be needed by tomorrow’s workforce. The OOH has helped millions of Americans plan their education and work lives.

Happy 70th Birthday, OOH!


 

 

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.

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