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When you leave the military, the biggest question is "what's next?" It's a scary job market right now, but the skills you've received in the military make you highly marketable. The Legion sponsors dozens of veterans hiring fairs each year, and our employment experts also provide tips to writing resumes, networking and making a strong impression in the interview process.

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Cost-cutters and time-savers on the Web

Cost-cutters and time-savers on the Web

This month I thought I would share some cost-saving secrets. Here are a few services that help me be more productive. Most are free or very cost-effective.

Avast.com
Virus protection software. Not only is it free, but it is not a moose in your computer. It runs smoothly and doesn’t slow you to a crawl like other software. Free

Carbonite.com
Automatic online backup service that monitors your hard drive (or folders you choose) and automatically backs them to a server. One of the most cost-effective solutions I have found so far. $50 a year, less with a multiple-year purchase

Efax.com
An online fax service that allows you to send and receive faxes through your e-mail. The paid upgrade allows you to select a fax number within your area code.
Filezilla-project.org If you need an FTP client, this free service works quite well. It also comes in handy for large download files linked via an FTP site.

Google.com
“Google desktop” has a search feature I use every day. This works much better than the search directory that comes with Windows. Be careful to only use one of these programs (either Windows or Google) because the indexing function will only slow your computer down.

Gotvmail.com
This is a sophisticated virtual PBX-like voicemail system for your office. It works just like any digital voicemail system with mailboxes, a hunt feature, special extensions for directions or hours of operations, and  dial-by-name and screening options.

Readers are welcome to e-mail their questions for “On Point” to lcelli@nevbrc.org. Louis J. Celli Jr. is a retired Army master sergeant who has started and developed businesses, and has counseled hundreds of veteran entrepreneurs. He is CEO of the Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center.