Rapid Response Logo What is Rapid Response?
Rapid Response is a federally mandated pre-layoff service designed for companies and employees experiencing a layoff or closing. The Massachusetts Rapid Response Team is a business service of the Department of Career Services.

Who is eligible?
Anyone who has lost their job through no fault of their own as a result of a company closing or a substantial downsizing.

MassGov Visit Rapid Response on Mass.gov for general information related to the Rapid Response Program

Meet and Plan with Your Company
When the Rapid Response team becomes aware of a layoff or closing, we contact company officials to arrange a meeting to establish a good working relationship to inform you of the available services, and to plan for implementation of those services at your organization.

Re-employment Services Available
  • Information on One-Stop Career Centers
  • Information of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • Resume Workshops
  • Interview Workshops
  • Job Search Workshops
  • Individual Career Counseling
  • Job Development

Rapid Response On-Site Service Assistance
When possible, Rapid Response will work with you and your company to provide high quality, professional re-employment services on-site before the job loss occurs. Receiving these services before you are laid off will help prepare you for this transition.


Referral and Support
Before you leave your company, Rapid Response will provide you with options for post layoff services and will refer you to a One-Stop Career Center of your choice.


One-Stop Career Centers
The Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers provide you the support you need throughout your transition from unemployment to new employment. The Center staff will help you with your search needs. They will assess your marketability and may assistance for you to attend training at a private, community or public school or college. In addition, the Centers have resource rooms equipped with computers, telephones, copy and fax machines and more.

For more information, please contact Ken Messina at 617-626-5703 or Email at KMessina@detma.org.