Conducting In-Person RESEAs Under WIOA? 

Address UI Claimants’ Specific Needs with LEAP

It’s a proven fact: unemployment insurance (UI) claimants are finding jobs faster under the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Unemployment Insurance Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) program. This initiative provides in-person assessments of UI claimants, as explained in this article

One effective approach--integrating RESEAs with reemployment or career services--is modeled on the method used in Nevada, which has proven to be successful by USDOL studies. Nevada uses Career Action Resources’ material in its reemployment program, deemed by USDOL reports as the best in the nation.

RESEA Focuses on Meeting UI Claimant Needs

The RESEA initiative focuses on providing career services that directly relate to the specific needs of participating claimants.

Claimants have a variety of needs based on their specific circumstances, and appropriate reemployment services can be provided for successful employment outcomes, including referrals to education and training, to further reemployment goals.

Because the same reemployment service types are not appropriate for all claimants, the individual needs of each claimant should be determined, and the appropriate services provided.

How LEAP Helps Your Staff Better Serve UI Claimants

So how can workforce development agencies and staff serve UI claimants effectively, consistently, uniquely, and in person? How can you help customers develop a reemployment plan that addresses the claimant’s specific needs?

USDOL Research on REA / RESEAs Describes LEAP for UI Claimants

Consider using the same tool as Nevada does: Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP). After all, as described earlier, Nevada has the most successful reemployment program of the states studied.

“LEAP has been noted by staff to be very useful not only in gauging the emotional and financial status of individuals, but also for referring them to much-needed services,” states the USDOL study. The report calls LEAP an “innovative” self-assessment and gives an example from the JobConnect office in Reno, Nevada: “The interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP before the interview, and then reviews the claimant’s scores, to alleviate some of the issues that had been raised while also referring him/her to available services.”

The report continues, “LEAP, developed by Career Action Resources, LLC, is handed out by every local office providing RESEAs in both Arizona and Nevada. It assesses individuals in eight areas: finances, emotions and attitudes, health and social support, use of time, next career, education and training, job search, and use of services and resources.” The study concludes that such self-assessment is a “best practice” for workforce reemployment programs.

LEAP, therefore, is a proven tool to help your agency and staff meet the requirements of the RESEA program while assisting UI claimants. LEAP will help your UI claimants assess their concerns and obtain guidance tailored to their needs on job searching, training, skills, and much more--all in a quick, easy-to-use format. LEAP also results in a personalized reemployment action plan and helps staff refer job seekers to their most-needed services and resources.

Since its publication, LEAP has focused on the importance of tailoring reemployment plans and services to each job seeker’s needs. The one-size-fits-all information that UI claimants and dislocated workers usually receive will not suit their needs completely and may not address their unique issues and barriers. Career Action Resources is gratified that the USDOL has decided to make the LEAP’s approach of determining UI claimants' needs for targeted and tailored career services and reemployment planning part of the RESEA program.

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Are your job seekers interested in work that doesn’t require them to be onsite? A new remote jobs tool sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor lets UI claimants and the unemployed search for jobs that don’t require them to commute or be onsite every day.

Virtual or remote jobs are available in many fields and at many levels. Learn more about the remote jobs tool and try it out on the CareerOneStop site.

Looking for more ways to help your job hunters get hired? Request complimentary review samples of our two proven tools: Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner and Your Employment Search.

LEAP and YES are entirely self-guiding, so you can provide useful reemployment planning to those you serve with little to no staff interaction.
 

As you reopen your doors to the unemployed, send them home with our proven tools for independent reemployment and job search planning.

Both tools feature a color-coded, easy-to-read, 6-panel foldout design with clear steps. They are entirely 

  • self-guiding
  • self-scoring
  • self-interpreting

After completing the LEAP or YES, individuals can use their results to navigate their transition and plan their job hunt from home. Note: No staff involvement is required for your job seekers to use the best-practice LEAP and YES.

Consider making LEAP or YES part of your reopening. Start by requesting your complimentary review samples today.
 

2020: The year began with historically low unemployment. After the pandemic hit, life changed dramatically for everyone, including the public workforce system and the people we serve. Now it's time to look ahead.

According to WorkforceGPS, a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, "the way we provide services and assistance may look very different from now on....The keys to success will be flexibility and forward thinking in the way we serve our customers." 

WorkforceGPS is giving workforce professionals technical assistance and resources to connect individuals to available jobs and training.  As a starting place, they have organized Pathway to Recovery resources into the following categories: Job Seeker and Business Customer Service Delivery, Labor Market Information, Partnerships & Planning, and System Infrastructure & Capacity. Of special interest: a
 Quick Start Action Planner, which aids workforce system stakeholders in preparing for economic recovery.

Are you helping dislocated workers and the unemployed find work? Learn about best-practice tools that guide the unemployed in job search and reemployment planning. Workforce and career professionals can request complimentary review samples.