Help Wanted: Bell Atlantic Launches Regional Jobline To Recruit Employees

Help Wanted: Bell Atlantic Launches Regional Jobline To Recruit Employees

Telephone Companies Seek Technicians, Customer Sales and Service Personnel

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Wanted: Entry-level and experienced personnel for

competitive, fast-paced, growing business. Job requirements vary.

Skilled telecommunications technicians especially needed. Call the

Bell Atlantic Jobline, 1-800-617-JOBS, ext. BELL.

Bell Atlantic's local telephone companies are putting out the word:

they're looking for candidates for jobs of all kinds. They've

established a toll-free jobline to handle calls from around the

mid-Atlantic region.

"Competition in the telecommunications industry has put a premium on

skilled workers," said Nell Rivers, director-staffing, Bell Atlantic

Network Services, Inc. "It's also changing the way we hire. Today, we

need to attract, screen and hire employees faster than we've had to in

the past."

The jobline will help the Bell Atlantic telephone companies establish

a pool of interested applicants who can be considered for openings

when they occur. When people call, they will be asked whether their

interest is in technical, sales, service or clerical jobs.

Individuals will be screened to see if their qualifications match any

current openings. If they have the skills and experience necessary,

they will be considered for available positions.

If no current openings match their qualifications, they will be added

to a database for the job titles that fit their interests, experience

and skills. When openings in those job titles occur, they will be

considered for those positions.

Currently, there's a shortage of skilled technical people to fill jobs

in Washington, D.C.; northern Virginia, and western and southern

Maryland, according to Rivers. Applicants are especially needed for

positions as cable splicing technicians, services technicians, systems

technicians and central office technicians. These jobs involve the

installation and maintenance of telecommunications facilities, wiring

and systems.

In addition, experienced sales/service consultants are needed for:

  • part-time positions in Bell Atlantic-Maryland's 24-hour-a-day

    residential call center in Beltsville,

  • full-time positions in Bell Atlantic-New Jersey's residence sales

    and service centers in Teaneck and Elizabeth. The positions in

    Elizabeth are for individuals who are bilingual English/Spanish).

  • full-time positions in residence sales and service centers

    throughout Bell Atlantic's mid-Atlantic region.

Sales/service consultants take orders from consumers for local

telephone service, answer billing inquiries and sell Bell Atlantic

products and services.

The toll-free number for the Bell Atlantic Jobline is 1-800-617-JOBS

(5627), ext. BELL. It operates 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new

communications, entertainment and information industry. In the

mid-Atlantic region, Bell Atlantic's telephone company subsidiaries

are the premier providers of local telecommunications and advanced

services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the

high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also

owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and

is actively developing high-growth national and international business

opportunities in all phases of the industry.