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October 22nd, 2009
01:17 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch

What's a mom to do when she's the sole bread winner for her husband and two adorable boys and she loses her job?

She does The 30 Second Pitch!

Amanda Ward is a skilled account manager and is looking for work that draws on her sales skills.

If you have a job for her e-mail her at:
hireaward@gmail.com

Former pro football player Alphonso Roundtree saw someone doing The 30 Second Pitch while he was eating lunch in a Texas restaurant. He thought to himself, "I should try that!" And he got in touch with us.

If you think the former Miami Dolphins corner back would be set for life, after turning pro you'd be wrong. One of the misconceptions about playing in the NFL is that you'll make millions. Roundtree did make more than $150,000 his season as a pro in Miami, but he made much less than that in his years playing in the Canadian Football league.

Right now he's looking for work in marketing.

If you have a job for him you may e-mail him at:
roundtree.alphonso@gmail.com

In the meantime if you want to be part of the pitch e-mail information about your job situation and your resume to: 30secondpitch@cnn.com
or tweet us at @kyracnn


Filed under: :30 Second Pitch • Kyra Phillips
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Daisy a Rodriguez

    My name is daisy a rodriguez am a mother of two boys out of work since may 2008 I would like to please get a job I have experienced in hospital receptionist,security screener I have been searching employnment with no success please any one help me thank you am worry because the holidays are coming and I am afraid to don't have a present for my kids.

    October 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Spencer from Birmigham, AL

    Wake up America. Neither the President nor Congress can create jobs. They can provide stimulus support that small businesses, banks, insurance companies etc. can benefit from, and they did. Business stocks are going up fast. Businesses are making money, Stocks are rising. Executives are getting big bonuses. It's up to you, the business executives to hire people. Only employers can reduce unemployment. We're waiting.

    October 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  3. Daniel Koumou-nete

    Kyra, what does it take for an U.S citizen with accent to get pass a phone interview? or be consider for a position during recession/depression?
    I am a current unemployed citizen with an accent. I immigrated to USA from West Africa back in 2000. Graduated with a bachelor degree in BS in Business Administration, and worked as a Sr Account Executive for HSBC/Household Finance from 10/2006 to 04/2009. I am currently unemployed and have been unemployed for over 6 months. I have applied for many jobs. However, I dont get pass the phone interviews; some recruiters asked if I ever had an issue in the past with my accent, others asked me repeatly to repeat myself. How can I get pass phone interviews? Would it be classified as racism or just not qualified for the position?

    October 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Mark Smith

    I cannot believe that you are profiling for the 30 second pitch, Alphonso Ward. Alphonso Ward has made millions of dollars in his pro football career. He must have mismanaged his money to need a job now. I know many other deserving individuals that need employment desperately and have not made the amount of money that he has. Please profile some deserving individuals rather than high paid professionals that have made it to the top of the food chain.

    Sincerely,
    Mark Smith
    Bowling Green, KY

    October 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  5. Comment to Mark

    Mark you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Times are hard for everyone today, and you would think that we as struggling Americans could have compassion for one another. Mismanagement of funds huh, well you obviously have never had emergencies or extenuating circumstances. It doesn't matter how much or how little money you have situations can always arise that can turn your world as you know it upside down and leave you with nothing. I only hope that one day I can get my corporation started to provide employment for the individuals like Amanda and Alphonso who are hardworking, dedicated and resilient enough to keep going. Keep your head up America things are getting better....

    October 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |