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West Corp. to fill 250 jobs

Omaha-based West Corp. will hire at least 250 call center workers for its downtown Spokane building, the company announced Tuesday.

Hiring will begin this week, with paid training starting within several days after completing interviews, said David Pleiss, vice president of investor and public relations.

Jobs will start at $10 per hour and include benefits, such as tuition compensation. Wages can increase to $11 in 90 days, then rise based on performance.

All the jobs will be full time, and all will handle only inbound calls, said Pleiss. Inbound call centers handle questions raised by customers of West’s clients.

West Corp. employs roughly 950 area workers in Spokane Valley and downtown Spokane. The new positions will be based in the downtown Holley Mason Building, 157 S. Howard St.

Driving the growth has been continued expansion by three major clients, Pleiss said. Those are a wireless carrier, a major grocery company and a financial services company. West Corp. hired about 190 workers in September 2010.

West will conduct on-the-spot job interviews at two job fairs, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., both at the Holley Mason Building.

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