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KANSAS CITY, Mo — Makeba Howell has had a difficult day.
“I require employment. “I was fired today,” Howell told FOX4 on Friday.
FOX4 tracked her down Friday afternoon as she searched for the hiring event.
“A friend advised me to come down here today to look for work,” she added. “She instructed me to bring my identification and resume, as they would be conducting on-the-job, on-site hiring.”
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Howell eventually discovered it, as did dozens of others looking for work with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“Today, the goal is to give positions immediately,” Carrie Holland, the IRS’s Deputy Human Capital Officer, stated Friday.
Holland said that a second event is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the same location, 333 West Pershing Street. Parking is available at Union Station. Holland asserts that the IRS wishes to hire as many employees as possible.
“Over the next several days, we’d like to hire over a thousand people, at the very least a thousand,” she continued. “In addition to the on-site events, we’re hosting several virtual events.”
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Now, individuals like Howell are waiting to know if they will be hired.
“I’m devastated that I’ve lost my job. I truly believe that. I wish her the best of luck, but I wish she hadn’t fired me,” Howell said Friday of her boss.
Howell did not have to wait long for employment. She texted us about an hour after FOX4 left her Friday to inform us she had gotten the job. The IRS is now processing approximately 24 million tax returns.
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