Free Job Search Help for Katrina Victims


In the wake of the unprecedented disaster that Katrina has wrought throughout Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, career professionals nationwide have stepped up to the plate to help. Many hundreds of us are offering our time and talents to help those displaced to regain employment as one step on their way to recovery. I have reprinted in its entirety a Press Release from our Volunteers for Careers organization. If you are one of those directly affected, visit to learn more.



Individuals whose jobs were swept away as a result of Hurricane Katrina can obtain free job search help from professional career consultants across the country. Volunteers For Careers is offering no-charge assistance with resume writing, job search strategy, and career transition advice to evacuees from the Gulf Coast and others who experienced job loss as a direct result of Katrina.

“People lost much more than their homes in this tragedy,” says Volunteers for Careers director Susan Whitcomb. “They lost their entire means of livelihood. Helping evacuees find new jobs quickly is essential to getting the Gulf Coast region, and the country, back on its feet.”

Volunteers For Careers was initially formed in response to the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. Their volunteers helped thousands of job seekers in the regions and industries affected. The initiative has now been re-launched and expanded to help those in need from the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Katrina victims can register to obtain free services at or by calling 800-513-7439 toll free. They will then be matched with a volunteer career practitioner who will contact them directly, working with them via phone, e-mail and/or in person as each situation requires. It is the objective of all Volunteers For Careers workers to help these displaced individuals return to the workforce as soon as possible.

Career services practitioners — counselors, coaches, consultants, resume writers and others — who wish to volunteer their time and expertise can also register at the organization’s web site.

Volunteers For Careers is a collaborative effort of leading career associations nationwide, coordinated by Career Masters Institute (CMI) in collaboration with the Association of Career Professionals International (ACP), Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals (AORCP), National Career Development Association (NCDA), National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA), Parachute Associates, and Professional Resume Writing & Research Association (PRWRA), with the support of technology companies and

For more information, contact:

Susan Whitcomb, Director
888-449-7474 (Pacific Time)

Wendy Enelow, Associate Director
800-881-9972 (Eastern Time)

C.J. Hayden, Media Chair
877-946-4722 (Pacific Time)