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Job fair attracts job seekers

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Unemployment is a word many in Eastern Kentucky are familiar with, and some folks are deciding to just stay home.

But that does not mean they aren't working.

Dozens turned out for the Kentucky Teleworks job fair today in Hazard, hoping to land a job that lets them work from home.

Kentucky Teleworks is an initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program.

People who have worked from home through the program in the past said the jobs fit their lifestyle.

"They really understood too, because we're so rural. We did have some bad weather in the summer, just storming all the time, so they were really accommodating for that, which was amazing," said Angelia Dobson, of Hazard.

"It actually saves on commuting expenses because you don't have to be out gas money going to work every day, and just the flexibility of getting up and going to your office at home," said Rebecca Haney, of Hazard.

Applicants were led through a screening process designed to evaluate skills and pair them with the best companies.

People there said the process couldn't have been easier.

"I came in, I brought my résumé with me. If you don't bring it with you you can print it off here, or someone can even help you build a résumé or refine the résumé that you bring in," said Haney.

People attending the job fair said it was a great opportunity in an area where employment options are few and far between.

"We don't have that many jobs here, that's just the truth about it, we don't have a lot here, especially for young people without a lot of education yet that are trying to get started out, people with disabilities that can't really work in retail," said Dobson.

For many, working from home through Kentucky Teleworks might just be the answer.

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