More bandwidth could mean more jobs at home

Hazard, Ky. (WYMT)-- Increased broadband Internet access will mean more people will be able to take work-at-home jobs.

TeleworksUSA, a creation of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, helps connect candidates to these kinds of jobs.

"You no longer have to work for the Dairy Queen down the street, when the company in France will hire you to do the bookkeeping, or the company in New York will hire you to do technical support," said Tom Higgins, President of TeleworksUSA.

Jobs obtained through this initiative will mean money coming into the region, he said.

"While it won't necessarily replace the dollars, the coal dollars, it will certainly bring revenue into each of the communities," Higgins said.

The website also allows applicants to create a résumé.

"It will allow both the employer and job seeker to search for each other," Higgins said.

Stephanie Sizemore has worked for Cincinnati Bell for about ten month, a job she obtained through the program.

"Basically make certain that their customers are happy, selling Internet and selling wireless and selling television," Sizemore said.

She says that while working at home can create a more relaxed atmosphere, she still needs to be professional.

"Some people may have the perception that work from home is 'Oh, I can just walk around and do whatever I need to do,' and actually you are as if you are in an office situation. You just happen to be working from home."

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