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 &
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Career Action Blog

We say these things everyday: “The unemployment rate is low.” “People are finding jobs faster.” “Employers can’t find enough workers.”
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Division of New Media, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, has made it easier to understand the key data behind these trends through videos.

The official BLS YouTube channel features short videos on important employment and labor market information, which is used for planning, guidance, and decision-making.
 

Here are the BLS videos we find most interesting at explaining complex facts in a clear, uncomplicated way:

  • Understanding BLS Unemployment Statistics (length 1:24 minutes)
  • Understanding BLS Employment Projections (length 3:17 minutes)
  • A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States (length 3:30 minutes)
  • Understanding BLS Projections of Occupational Separations (length 2:53 minutes) 

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States have new flexibility in administering the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program, according to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. The following elements are the new core components of a RESEA that must be included in the initial session with an unemployment compensation claimant:

  • UI eligibility assessment, including a review of work search activities and an adjudication referral if an issue or potential issue is identified
  • Labor market and career information that addresses the claimant’s needs
  • Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser Act-funded Employment Services
  • Support to develop and implement an individual reemployment plan
  • Information and access to American Job Center (AJC) services and referrals to reemployment services and training to support the claimant’s return to work

As in the past, initial and any subsequent RESEAs must be provided one-on-one and in-person. Here is a comparison of key changes. This comparison has been shortened for space.

 

FY 2017 Requirements

FY 2018 Requirements

Summary of Changes

UI eligibility assessment and referral to adjudication if an issue is identified

UI eligibility assessment, including review of work search activities and referral to adjudication if needed

Clarifies that review of claimant’s work search is part of eligibility assessment

Requirement for claimant to report to AJC

No similar requirement

States have discretion to require participants to report to AJC or alternative location, such as libraries or schools. RESEA services must continue to be provided in-person.

Orientation to AJC services

No similar requirement

States have discretion to continue orientation services as allowable activity.

Registration with state’s job bank

No similar requirement

States have discretion to require registration with job bank as allowable activity.

Development or revision of individual reemployment plan that includes work search, accessing services through an AJC or using self-service tools, and/or training

Providing support to claimant to develop and implement an individual reemployment plan

States have discretion to use alternative approaches to support individual reemployment plans. These approaches must be tailored to claimant’s needs and require some one-on-one interaction.

Provision of at least one additional career service, such as
--Coordination with other workforce activities, including WIOA Dislocated Worker Program
--Labor Exchange, including information about in-demand industries and occupations 
--Career readiness activities, including assistance with resumes

Providing access to AJC services and referrals to reemployment services and training to support claimant’s return to work

Career services is an allowable RESEA activity that may be charged against RESEA grant. However, states are no longer required to provide these services during RESEA session(s).

 

Read the entire Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 8-18 here, including information on funds still available for FY 2018.

Looking for a proven and fast way to help claimants create tailored individual reemployment plans, plus give consistent structure to your one-on-one RESEA meetings? Request complimentary review samples of the best-practice, self-guiding employment tools, published by Career Action Resources.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, American Job Centers are working to adapt to changing needs and challenges. In addition, as required by WIOA, American Job Centers must move toward enhanced integration, customer-centered service delivery, and dynamic partnerships.

But as automation, technology, the gig economy, and other trends affect the future of work, as well as our service delivery, how will we serve job seekers and businesses in the future? How will we keep essential human connections, do effective outreach, and give customized personal service?

Workforce representatives from eight states have collaborated and envisioned possible service delivery solutions for tomorrow's American Job Centers.


work.pngTo gain insight into these issues, you can watch a Webinar featuring these workforce representatives and learn about their recommendations for the future of American Job Centers. You can also read the Webinar transcript. 

Want to give your job seekers customized reemployment and job-seeking guidance now? Request complimentary review samples of  Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).