MU hosts fair to soften the blow of university lay offs.

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COLUMBIA – MU hosted a job fair for university employees whose jobs were cut.

Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick said he was excited to help. 

“It’s focused on the university employees that are looking for jobs and what all is open and the things and opportunities elsewhere here in Columbia,” he said. 

About 20 businesses were there and have openings in areas that have been cut at the university. Those areas included:

  • Research/Lab
  • Business/Finance
  • Service and Maintenance
  • Communications
  • Information Technologies
  • Program/Project Support
  • Office Administration and Support

But, not all of the companies were there to recruit workers. Some just shared resources. 

Jaylon Ball is a fund raising chair for Tiger Pantry and he said laid-off employees can still use the pantry.

“Today we are offering everyone who was laid off recently the opportunity to extend kind of their benefits,” he said. “We are offering them assistance for the next year until they find another job.”   

Former employees Gwen Lawson and Adam McPherson said they found the job fair helpful. 

“We’ve both been laid off and I decided to look at it as a crossward opportunity,” Lawson said.

McPherson said many companies had openings in his field of work. 

“It was very helpful. I met a lot of people. Two or three people were looking for help desk specialists,” he said. 

McCormick said the chamber and the university may host another fair like this in the future.