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Resume Enhancement Was Only the Beginning: Christina's Story

Christina Anderson was unemployed after 2008 layoffs at a prominent national bank. As an HR professional, Christina knew what to do during her season of job searching and uncertainty; she volunteered.

"I didn't want my resume to be just blank during the time of my unemployment," said Christina. "I figured the one thing I can do is volunteer. Volunteering provided me a venue through which to utilize my education and expertise in a work setting."

Christina looked at Serve.gov for a place to serve and discovered her perfect fit, in a posting pulled from ChristianVolunteering.org’s website. The opportunity was listed by Freedom House, a residential program for women who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Christina’s expertise contributed to the organization’s growth, and her experience included not only professional administrative work, but also one-on-one service with the women served by the organization.

“The staff are wonderful people,” said Christina. “I began as a volunteer, then Freedom House hired me to work part time.” Christina now works as an HR consultant, Office assistant, and Cashier at the organization’s thrift store.

“I enjoy knowing that I am helping, with wanting nothing in return. The fact that I am working with others and giving support to the mission is my favorite part,” said Christina. “I wanted to keep my resume current and I wanted to give back to the community.”