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December 9, 2001

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Contest: Predict the Dow

As the undulating stock market trades toward the end of a tumultuous 2001, it's anybody's guess where it will end up.

So why not come up with a prognostication of your own?

This week, readers can enter the Journal-World's first "Predict the Dow" contest.

Just enter your guess for the closing level of the Dow Jones industrial average at year's end, Dec. 31, for a chance to win a nifty prize. Include your name, address, phone number, Dow prediction and a bit about why you think you're right.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, so don't delay.

Send e-mail entries to mfagan@ljworld .com. Written guesses may be dropped off in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at The News Center, 645 N.H.

Employment: Rsum rush crowds online job-posting sites

As more people turn to online employment sites to look for new jobs, it's become harder for applicants to stand out from the crowd.

When employers post jobs, they're inundated with so many rsums that it's impossible to properly evaluate each one, according to Management Recruiters International, a Cleveland-based search and recruitment firm.

"While there are plenty of candidates out there, it remains very difficult for employers to find the right match," said Neil Fox, chief information officer at MRI. "One hiring manager actually told me he was better off with no rsums than a thousand because he was less likely to waste his time and still make a mistake."

MRI estimated that about 4 million new rsums had been posted on job sites during the past six months. Widely publicized layoffs in the airline and auto industries have led many other employed people to post their rsums online just in case.

Motley Fool: Name that company

I'm based in Stamford, Conn., but Stampford would be more appropriate. Incorporated in 1920, I employ about 30,000 people and rake in roughly $4 billion per year by providing integrated mail and document management solutions around the world. I serve more than 2 million businesses of all sizes through dealer and direct operations. This month I'm spinning off my office systems business as an independent, publicly traded company under the name Imagistics International Inc. If I were a verse, I'd be in common meter. If you'd invested $1,000 in me 10 years ago, you'd have more than $2,500 today. Who am I?

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