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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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Looking for resources and guidance to help your state meet Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) evaluation requirements?

Check out the following information described on WorkforceGPS, a website for workforce professionals that is sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

These resources, linked on WorkforceGPS, offer evidence-based guidance and tools for studying and implementing RESEA evaluation requirements:

  • RESEA Evaluation Resource List provides studies and tools that might help RESEA administrators and staff understand and produce evidence about their RESEA interventions.
  • RESEA topic area tab on CLEAR highlights studies in the reemployment evidence base relevant to the RESEA program. 
  • TEGL 06-19 and UIPL 01-20 explain Expectations for States Implementing the RESEA Program Requirements for Conducting Evaluations and Building Program Evidence.

USDOL Research of LEAP by Career Action Resources for REA - RESEA.jpg - Copy 1Read more information and learn about other RESEA Evaluation and Evidence tools. 

In a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL on CLEAR, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. 

LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about LEAP.
 

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a webinar recording titled “RESEA: Overview of Evaluation and Evidence Requirements.” States are evaluating Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) interventions and service-delivery strategies during fiscal year 2020.

The webinar offers guidance for conducting evaluations and building program evidence, specifically to reduce Unemployment Insurance (UI) program duration and improve participant outcomes. The webinar describes how studies are rated on the USDOL's Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) website.

reseaIn a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL on CLEAR, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about the high-casual evidence study here. 

Workforce development professionals: Request your complimentary LEAP review sample now.

 

Being laid off creates shock, stress, worry, and many other emotions. But dislocated workers must not let their reactions and feelings get in the way of taking fast action in the job search. Here are the three biggest mistakes the unemployed make and must be proactive about as soon as they get a pink slip:

  • They don't apply for unemployment insurance or seek help from American Job Centers. People don't apply for UI for many reasons. Be sure you are educating the unemployed, the soon-to-be unemployed, and Key Mistakes After Layoffseven the general public about UI and your many job search, career, and training services.
  • They "take a break" before starting a job hunt. Skills, contacts, self-image, and motivation can fade rapidly. Two weeks "off" can turn into two months...or more. So encourage the unemployed to start job hunting immediately.
  • They are passive at job searching. Applying for jobs online may feel like a positive activity. But most of those job applications go into a black hole. So it’s key that job seekers understand they must network and reach out to employers who need their experience, even if no jobs are advertised. 

Want to give dislocated workers the best guidance on active job searching? Take a look at the Your Employment Search (YES) tool by Career Action Resources, LLC. YES measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas to immediately boost the job search. Request a complimentary YES review sample now.