Spherion hiring 100 for customer service jobs at TSYS call centers

There will be 100 customer service jobs up for grabs Thursday at the Georgia Department of Labor.

Employment agency Spherion Staffing is recruiting people who will work at call centers operated by TSYS, the credit-card and payment processor headquartered in Columbus.

The jobs are fulltime, not holiday season positions, said Venessia Williams, client service supervisor at Spherion, which has an office on River Road in Columbus.

It also will be an opportunity for workers to get their foot in the door at TSYS, which employs 7000 people worldwide, nearly 4,000 of those in Columbus. The company is a leading third-party processor of credit-card authorizations, transactions and statement fulfillment.

"It is a chance, definitely" Williams said. "They will be employed by Spherion unless they go permanent in 90 days by TSYS."

The pay range for the 100 jobs is $7 to $9.20 an hour. Spherion is seeking two levels of customer-service representatives. Level one will make $7 an hour initially, then receive a $1-per-hour raise after four weeks of training. Level two will start out at $8 an hour, then rise by $1.20 per hour after training.

Those hired Thursday will receive medical, dental and vision benefits with Spherion after 60 days of employment, Williams said.

Spherion already has more than 400 people on its payroll working customer service at TSYS call centers. The centers are scattered around Columbus, on Mutec Drive, Stone Mill Drive and First Avenue.

The recruitment will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Department of Labor's Columbus Career Center, 700 Veterans Parkway. Interviews might lead to on-the-spot hiring, the agency said.

IF YOU GO What: 100 customer service jobs When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday Where: Georgia Department of Labor's Columbus Career Center, 700 Veterans Parkway Requirements: High school diploma or general educational development (GED) certificate; pass background and credit checks and a drug test; arrive at recruitment dressed for an interview Information: Columbus Career Center, 706-649-7423; or Spherion, 706-571-2400