Convergys' hiring push starts at Friday job fair

Convergys Corp. is holding a job fair to fill 70 full-time positions at its Tucson call centers, with 140 more positions to become available in February, the company said.

Job candidates are invited to attend the career fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

Candidates may also apply at careers.convergys.com online.

New employees will provide inbound customer service support to clients in the health care, cable/Internet and financial services industries, the company said. Convergys is seeking both English-speaking and bilingual (English/Spanish) applicants.

Convergys ranked 51st among Southern Arizona's largest employers in last year's Star 200 survey, with 900 full-time-equivalent employees at the start of the year. Last May, the company said it was hiring 200 workers.

BBB warns of new wave of 'robocall' phone pitches

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is warning local residents to be wary of a recent flood of "robocall" recorded phone solicitations, including dubious offers to cut credit-card interest rates and or supply free home security systems.

Robocalls often use a technology called "spoofing" to disguise the originating phone number. Most, if not all, of the calls violate the Do Not Call Registry, and a 2009 federal law banning robocall solicitations, the BBB said.

The robocalls often claim they're on behalf of the consumer's credit-card issuer, that a government program allows them to reduce credit-card rates or that there have been burglaries in the neighborhood and they're calling on behalf of the police or homeowners' association.

Customers often face upfront charges, and usually get little or nothing in return or get hit with unauthorized charges, the BBB said.

The BBB urges consumers to hang up immediately on such calls, without pressing any number prompts.