BOISE, Idaho, April 8, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the addition of 275 new jobs in Idaho Falls. The announcement comes on the heels of the company?s 2003 expansion, which increased employment in its Idaho Falls sales center by nearly 300 percent ? to approximately 225 employees today. Once completed, more than 500 people will be employed at the facility, making it Qwest?s single largest consumer service center in its 14-state region.
?Considering that these jobs could have been placed virtually anywhere in the world, this is yet another example of Qwest?s ongoing commitment to Idaho,? said Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne. ?The creation of these jobs is a testament to Idaho?s ongoing efforts to attract quality jobs, along with valuable business investment.?
Expanding the center is part of Qwest?s Spirit of Service? initiative to effectively meet customer demand in the competitive market, and provide a consistently high-quality customer service experience. The center will continue to handle calls from Qwest customers throughout the company?s 14-state local service region. In addition, employees in the center will focus on delivering complete and personalized service to Qwest?s residential customers.
?Qwest has a lot of confidence in our outstanding Idaho workforce,? said Jim Schmit, Qwest president for Idaho. ?The partnership that has been established between Qwest, the state and the local community has created an environment that is attractive for us to continue to invest here.?
The Idaho Falls center opened in May of 1999. A key factor in the selection of eastern Idaho was the ongoing support from the Regional Development Alliance (RDA) and the state of Idaho in providing grants and training funds to assist in making the center successful and the expansion possible. The RDA, along with the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council (EIEDC) and the Idaho Department of Commerce all assisted Qwest with additional training funds and incentives to complete today?s expansion.
?The partnership with EIEDC, the RDA and Qwest is continuing to pay dividends,? said Blake Hall, president of the Regional Development Alliance. ?These jobs serve as one more boost to the Eastern Idaho economy and our outstanding workforce. We are proud to count Qwest as a major employer.?
Qwest will offer numerous opportunities to apply for positions in the center, starting with two ?Job Fairs? the company will host on April 20 and 21 and on May 4 and 5. The Job Fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Idaho Falls at the Eagle Rock Art Museum, 300 S. Capital Avenue.
Beginning on April 12, Qwest representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the current customer service center ? 1795 International Way ? to answer questions and accept applications. In addition, each day at noon, representatives will hold a question and answer session and give all interested candidates and members of the community tours of the center.
Qwest will begin to fill all 275 positions as soon as possible. Interested individuals should have a strong desire to sell, demonstrated leadership and problem-solving skills, excellent communications skills and commissioned sales or service background, preferably in a call center environment. Persons interested in these positions should visit the Qwest job posting Web site at http://www.qwest.com/careers/, visit the Idaho Falls center in person, or contact the Idaho Falls Job Service office at (208) 557-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 47,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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