07.18.1996|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Adding Jobs in Pennsylvania


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 1996

BELL ATLANTIC ADDING JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Company Plans to Hire about 140 Customer Service Personnel this Summer


PHILADELPHIA, PA - Wanted: People who thrive in a fast-paced environment. Pay: $337-$687 a week. Company-paid training. Outstanding benefits. Call Bell Atlantic: 1-800-737-1877.

Bell Atlantic plans to add about 140 positions in its residence sales and service centers in Pennsylvania by the end of July.

A dramatic surge in demand for new telephone lines and other services from residential telephone customers is behind the need for the additional customer service staff. Call volumes are up 58 percent in the state for the first six months of 1996 compared with the previous year.

"We want to get the word out that we're looking for qualified applicants so we can fill these jobs as quickly as possible," said William Harral, Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania president. "We're absolutely committed to providing the best service possible for our customers, and right now we need more people on our staff to do that."

Interested individuals may call 1-800-737-1877 toll-free 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be considered for the available positions.

Bell Atlantic currently has openings for sales/service consultants in nine offices. In western Pennsylvania, the company needs to fill jobs in Pittsburgh, East Liberty, Washington, Rochester and Uniontown. There also are openings in Lancaster, Bloomsburg and Stroudsburg. In the northeastern part of the state, applicants especially are needed in Scranton.

Sales consultants handle requests from new or existing customers for installation, changes in telephone service or disconnection. They also sell Bell Atlantic telephone services to customers as well as handle billing and other problems.

Starting wages are $337 weekly, although those with substantial customer sales and service experience may begin at a higher rate. Within three years, consultants can reach the top wage rate of $687.50 per week

Applicants must take several tests and assessments to determine their ability to handle customer phone calls. They must speak English clearly, be able to operate a computer terminal and be willing to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Those who qualify for the positions will receive company-paid training.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider 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.

Visit the Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania HomePage (http://www.bell-atl.com/ba-pa) for Pennsylvania-specific issues.

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To find out more about available positions call 1-800-737-1877

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