Take the work out of finding a job ... tap Alumni Career Resources!

Experts say the nation's economy is slowly recovering, but those reading this who are looking for work know that the recovery is slow and uncertain -- especially where jobs concerned. Even in good times, the "fast track" to a new position often runs through a connection with someone in your network.

This fall, the ASU Alumni Association expanded its career offerings with the debut of the Alumni Career Resources program. It has a number of components that can help ASU grads bolster their careers, no matter their age or level of experience.

Sun Devils living in Maricopa County can:

+ Sign up for Career Coach and Coffee sessions at Old Main. This twice-monthly event allows alums to discuss career management issues during an in-person appointment with a career coach. To find out the dates for upcoming sessions or to make an appointment, call 480-965-2350.

If you are a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association, mention that when you call. All members are eligible for a reduced rate for the coaching sessions, and life members get one complimentary session!

+ Attend our monthly Maroon & Gold Professional and quarterly Women in Business networking mixers. These events are a great way to meet other ASU alumni and expand your network.

+ Plan to attend our upcoming series of presentations on career topics, including sessions on executive search and placement and using social media on the job.

+ Attend special events with a career focus. Early in the new year, we'll host ASU faculty member and women's empowerment expert Gloria Feldt and a star-studded panel of local female executives in a session entitled Learn to Unlock Your Unlimited Potential.

Alumni living elsewhere can also tap ASU's career tools.

+ Remote (phone/email) career coaching sessions are available. Call 480-965-2350 for details.

+ Chapters, clubs, and connection groups across the country are sponsoring networking events. Check our National Opportunities page for upcoming mixers.

+ Our LinkedIn group has thousands of members and a lively discussion board.

+ You can keep your professional skills sharp or learn new ones by taking classes through ASU Online and listening to podcasts available through the iTunes U at ASU channel.

No matter where you live, the Career Resources tab on the Alumni Association's website is the best way to access career-related content produced by the Alumni Association and keep up-to-date on new tools and events. I'll be passing along information on the program as time goes by!