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TECH REVIEW: Job Finder! does its job

I happen to like my job, and I especially like the fact that I still have one. But I serve as the whim of my boss, which, in this market, doesn't lend itself to security. I could be out on the street tomorrow, if not sooner.

I happen to like my job, and I especially like the fact that I still have one. But I serve as the whim of my boss, which, in this market, doesn't lend itself to security. I could be out on the street tomorrow, if not sooner.

Insecure people like me, and those unfortunate souls who already have been laid off, had their pay cut, hours trimmed back or they've been reassigned to the Butte, Mont., office will find Job Finder! a CD for Windows PCs, that, as its name promises, will find jobs in your field by scanning job boards, classified ads and other dozens of places where real, live jobs are posted.

I searched for "editor" jobs in my ZIP code and was surprised to find nine job postings that came up in seconds. I could upload my cover letter and resume to each company and send a personal e-mail -- to the right person -- get a detailed description of the job and find related jobs. Of the nine, I would have been quite happy with four that fit my skills and interests.

You can set up alerts for new jobs in your field and direct them to your iPhone, PC or just about any smart phone. Background searches will be made as often as you wish. I set it up for a search every 30 minutes, and was surprised to find that new jobs are posted on a job board or some classified listing about that often.

If you're super organized, you can export your jobs list to Excel, change your parameters from ZIP code to a state, such as North Dakota, where jobs are plentiful and a discouraging word is never heard.

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I feel a bit more secure these days knowing that there really are jobs out there. If you're looking, and you want fast results, this program could be just what the HR specialist ordered.

Job Finder! will run on Windows7, Vista and XP. To order, send $19, plus $6 for shipping, to WashingtonCD, PO Box 351531, Los Angeles, CA 90035, or online at www.washingtoncd.net .)

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