MONTGOMERY, Ala., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To support the company's rapid growth, Verizon Wireless is looking to hire more than 400 full-time employees in Alabama this year. More than three hundred of the available positions are for customer service-related opportunities at the Verizon Wireless state headquarters located in Huntsville. The company also is filling positions in retail. Most of the jobs are based in the Huntsville area, including Decatur, Madison, Florence, Guntersville and Cullman. The company is also hiring in Birmingham and Dothan, mostly in retail sales. Interested candidates may apply online by visiting Verizon.com/jobs. "Today's announcement that Verizon will create over 400 jobs in Alabama is a testament to the strength of the pro-business climate we have worked hard to create in Alabama," Governor Robert Bentley said. "When successful companies are able to expand and create more jobs, Alabamians have an opportunity for a better future. Alabama's relationship with Verizon is strong, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company." Verizon offers industry-leading benefits The new positions offer competitive salaries and benefits, including health care coverage that begins on the first day of employment, and participation in the company's 401 (k) program with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 6 percent of an employee's salary contribution. Verizon, which employs more than 1,600 employees statewide, and over 176,000 employees company-wide, has been named one of the best companies for working moms by Working Mother for thirteen straight years. Computer World lists Verizon Wireless as one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT." CivilianJobs.com named Verizon Most Valuable Employer for Military in 2013. The company offers tuition reimbursement, adoption assistance and bonuses and promotes work/life balance by offering on-site college courses, education study rooms, dining facilities and state-of-the-art fitness centers staffed with personal trainers. "The wireless industry has been one of the fastest growing markets across the globe. With both the recent RootMetrics and J.D. Power studies confirming Verizon Wireless as the top performing wireless company in Alabama, serving our customers with the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, we are only going to see our business expand. Consumers will continue to rely heavily on their tablets, smartphones and other wireless offerings," said Jonathan LeCompte, president of the Georgia/ Alabama region for Verizon Wireless. "At Verizon, we know the incredible talent available throughout the state of Alabama and we are committed to offering a thriving work environment in which employees can learn, grow and use their talents and skills to contribute to the success of our dynamic business." Verizon actively recruits military veterans "Veterans return home every day and have to begin new lives as civilians," said Beverly Mullins, executive director – Human Resources, Verizon Wireless. "Verizon recruiters are trained to understand the value of a candidate's military experience. We believe the tangible and intangible skills add value to our company and help a veteran to thrive in a team environment like ours." Verizon Wireless to host Career Open House at State Headquarters in Huntsville on May 8 Job seekers with a passion for the coolest tech gadgets and great customer service are invited to apply for immediate openings as customer service representatives that Verizon Wireless is looking to fill at its South Area Call Center in Huntsville, AL. Interested candidates should log on to Verizon.com/jobs to apply for job number 350080. Selected candidates will receive an invitation for a scheduled interview at the Career Open House to be held this Thursday, May 8. This event, open to the public, will take place from 10am to 6pm and will include an opportunity for candidates to learn an overview of available positions, interact with Verizon's hiring officials and receive a tour of the facility. "The city of Huntsville has enjoyed a long, thriving partnership with Verizon, and these new jobs will further bolster our economy and bring new people to our wonderful city, which is consistently named as one of the best cities to live and work," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "We're seeking motivated, passionate people who want to be a part of the rapidly evolving wireless industry," said Andrea Mosley, Talent Acquisition at Verizon. "As a technology leader, Verizon Wireless offers career-minded tech lovers the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology in a culture that values diversity, teamwork and performance excellence." About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE and 3G networks. As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 103.3 million retail customers, including 97.3 million retail postpaid customers. Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ). 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