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U of M alums are a click away

From eNews, August 5, 2005

Have you ever wondered what happened to your freshman roommate? Or would you like to know if fellow U of M alumni work for a prospective employer? M Alumni Online, a Web service with career networking tools and a directory of more than 350,000 Twin Cities campus alumni and friends, is now available to help alumni find each other. More than 3,800 alumni have registered for the service since the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) launched it in March.

"M Alumni Online is a great way to find people with a U of M connection wherever you live and work," says Gina Kennedy, UMAA electronic communications director. "The career networking tools are particularly useful for alumni who have moved away from the Twin Cities."

More online career resources for alumni

The College of Continuing Education Web site links to online graduate school test preparation courses, distance learning opportunities, and an online mentoring program for writers. The CCE's Career and Lifework Planning Web site provides free online lifework assessment tools.

All alumni may register for M Alumni Online free of charge and update their own directory listings, which include name, city, employer, and University of Minnesota college and graduation year. Some listings include a "contact this person via e-mail" link (specific e-mail addresses are not displayed). Alumni can choose to include more or less information in their listings.

UMAA members can search the alumni directory and participate in the career network, which includes a directory of alumni willing to participate in informational interviews. National job and r?sum? postings are also part of the service. In addition, the network recently added access to discounted prices for ReadyMinds, a distance career counseling service that provides counseling sessions via phone and e-mail, as well as online assessments of skills and interests.

For more information about M Alumni Online, visit www.alumni.umn.edu. UMAA members can register using their membership ID number. Alumni who are not UMAA members but who want to update their directory listings may e-mail malumnionline@umn.edu or call 800-862-5867 for an ID number to use for registration.

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