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April 22nd, 2009
12:48 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch

Millions of Americans are looking for work. We're doing our part to help job seekers meet up with potential employers. We call it The 30 Second Pitch. We give job seekers a chance to tout their skills on the air in, you guessed it, 30 seconds. Check out the pitches. If you're a potential employer get in touch with them via their e-mail addresses.

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  1. GT from San Francisco

    Regarding my credit card nightmare... We've just received notices from 3 credit card companies informing us that our previously low interest rate cards-some as low as 2.9% fixed would now be subject to a rate increase of the prime rate plus. All of the cards in question have never been late and in all cases we have paid more then the minumum amount due each month -sometimes even double! We don't think we should be penalized for playing the game according to the rules set by the companies that now want to gouge their loyal customers while taking money from the government in the form of a bailout! Hopefully the congress and my President will resolve this soon as the only recourse we have is to close the accounts if we don't agree with their changes and just pay them off. Maybe not a bad idea!

    April 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  2. thomaspro

    I worked at a telemarketing center in Olympia Wa. for a short time, I quit when they asked me to begin selling credit cards to welfare recipients and similar low income people. They were "providing a credit opportunity for people that otherwise could not afford it". This was in 1999 as I recall. there was a sales pitch about not being able to afford diapers and other neccessities at the end of the month.

    April 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  3. Clint White

    I love the 30 second pitch idea. Its been used before by other networks as well.

    The only issue I have is that it shouldnt be done at random job fairs, but should also be available to people that request it through CNN. For instance, a specific CNN website (like YouTube for jobs) that people can submit their 30 second pitches.

    I would love the opportunity to submit my 30 second pitch!

    Are you listening CNN? You have a job seeker here who needs help!

    April 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  4. Sonya Houston

    Sure, Clint, why not? I'll email you and we'll see if we can get you on the pitch.

    April 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  5. Clint White

    Thank you Sonya. I honestly didnt think anyone would respond. I am very glad to be wrong.

    Information that your requested has been sent.

    Thank you again!!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  6. Georgia Summers

    Hi Sonya, I love the idea of the "30 Second Pitch", it is a wonderful idea. We, (the unemployed) need some why to get notice since resumes are not doing it alone. I've had a few interviews but the funny thing is that a few weeks later I would get a notice from the company stating they have rescinded the position due to their financial reasons.

    I've been out of work for 81/2 months and need a job really soon. It used to be that needed to have 6 months of emergency money saved; well that's all gone and I depending of family and friends (Thank God!).

    I'm still sending out resumes with the hope that someone will call this month. So if you are still posting 30-SPs I would love to submit one of myself.

    Please contact me, let me know if you are still doing it or if you need any help (ha-ha). Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    from Atlanta, GA

    May 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  7. Ivan

    I just saw the on your news the 30 seconds pitch, just inmediatly I was like bamm!!, I just decided to create a webpage for people looking for jobs here in Puerto Rico, and let me tell you, theres a lot of people looking for jobs here. I think it would be a great tool for employers. Now I'm looking for a webpage designer who can help me to do this.


    May 11, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  8. Yousef

    I am interested in going on your 30 second pitch segments. I am a fairly recent graduate from Trinity University and would appreciate the opportunity to showcase my current skill set and talk about my past experience. Please let me know what steps I can take to be considered. Thanks for your help!!


    Houston, Texas

    May 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  9. John Bell

    Hey! I'm unemployed. How do I submit my 30 second pitch?

    May 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  10. Cheryl

    I have created an online portfolio website to supplement my resume and it has been extremely well-received. I think it is the wave of the future for getting more than just your plain text resume to a computer which rejects it automatically if it doesn't have the "magic" words. Please check it out at I'd love to have it featured on 30 second pitch!

    July 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  11. Jean-Jacques (Jack) Psaute

    I would like to have an opportunity to appear on the 30 second pitch.
    I am looking for a job in the solar industry. I am an Engineer who worked in the fabrication of semiconductors for 20 years as a Project Manager, Process and Equipment Engineer.
    The job can be within the US or abroad, and can require long periods at the customer sites.
    I am available for interviews.
    Thank you

    August 1, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  12. Rick Clancy

    Sign me up!

    My name is the very first word in the groundbreaking book about social networking called "Groundswell." I was the face and voice of Sony in America as its first corporate blogger and head of corporate communications for several years. I'm now in the hunt for a chief communications and/or senior PR role for a dynamic company on the rise or in need of a turnaround.

    I'm ready to pitch away. Please feel free to email me at or check out my profile on LinkedIn.

    Rick Clancy

    August 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  13. Jessica Brugman

    I have a BS degree in Public Relations and an accumulative five years experience in the Public Relations and Event Planning field. I have very successfully planned all types and sizes of events from non-profit to corporate, and retail. I am interested in continuing my career in the Corporate and Non-profit event field. Due to the economy I have been eliminated twice and am currently unemployed. To help keep my sanity and to keep me in the work force loop, I recently started my own business doing Corporate and Non-profit event planning. However, since I am not working, I do not have the money to pay for the proper advertising. I would love the opportunity to appear on your 30 second pitch to promote what I can offer as a corporate employee or a contract working through my own company. If you would like to learn more about me, please view my profile on LinkedIn. My company's name is Now THAT'S An Event!

    Thank you for your time and hope to hear from someone soon.

    Jessica Brugman

    August 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  14. Paul Mendoza

    Dear Sonya,

    On today’s (August 12) CNN broadcast, I saw the “The 30-Second Pitch” segment, where someone was interviewed on air then given the opportunity to present himself to employers. I am interested in being a subject for a future segment for “The 30-Second Pitch.” I believe myself worthy to be featured in such a segment on live, national television: I have been unemployed for two years, and have been unsuccessful in finding employment anywhere, no matter where I’ve applied – I have not even been granted the opportunity to interview in over a year. I have also attempted to submit my views and opinions on current events to various media outlets, including CNN, but I never was given even a small chance to be heard.

    In January, I wrote to President Obama seeking help and advice on finding work and making my voice heard, but I never received a response from him or anyone on his staff. I have been ignored and forgotten; it is like I don’t even exist and have been wrongfully denied a true voice in our nation.

    Please give me an opportunity to present myself to employers and be interviewed live on CNN. I am 23 years old, I have an Associate of Arts degree, two Associate of Applied Business degrees, and I am working on a Bachelor’s degree in business management, but no job to show for it all. I am also a writer, and I would also be interested in submitting articles for national publication.

    I need this chance, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to obtain the opportunity to pitch myself on live national television. I am a frustrated job seeker who is tired of living in anonymity, and I am tired of suffering in unemployment for so long. I need work experience, and it is an urgent need. I want a chance to prove myself.

    Please e-mail me as soon as possible, and give me a chance to be interviewed and to make my pitch. Thanks in advance!

    Paul Mendoza

    August 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  15. Colleen

    Thanks for the 30 second pitch. It helps hearing others and their ideas. I'm in the same boat, 20 something professional with a MA who just wants to work! I would also love to be on the 30 second pitch!

    August 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  16. Jennifer Schultz

    I have been watching your 30-second pitch and unfortunately, it really hits home for our family right now. My husband, Jeff was recently laid off from his executive sales position due to the poor economy.

    Our heads are spinning as we search the job market for another position. We have 3 school age daughters and we worry what the future will hold for our family. While we try to stay in the “now”, it’s very hard not to think and worry about what will happen if months go by without a job… “Will we lose our home?” “Can we pay our bills?” “Will our daughters have to change schools?” “Will we need to relocate?”

    Jeff has been very successful in his 20 years in the medical and IT sales industries. He is a well-spoken, energetic, upbeat and intelligent person; with a personality that lights up a room the minute he enters.

    Our family would so appreciate it if you could include Jeff in your 30-second pitch to help facilitate his job search. He has a great presence and a personality that viewers would just love. I know we do!

    Thank you for your consideration!

    August 20, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  17. Arlene McGuire

    Hello and a good Monday to you:

    I do hope I will be seleted to do a pitch. I'm seeking a position as an audio book reader, narrator, or voice for animation. I have tried over the years to get into radio and finally had to buy my air time for a while last year. It was great!!!!! but financially I could not afford the costs. But I can say I did it.

    My voice is great, I've been told by several people in radio, but I just have not been able to make the connection. So I would rater do what I love and thats reading. Making words come alive sweetly to paint the pictures in ones mind. It is the only talent God gave me I have got to find work using it. I will keep on trying

    Please, I truly believe it's the only way I will ever be discovered. I promise you that my voice will capture some audio book producer, Or someone needing a voice like mine.

    One chance is all I ask, just this one could get me the job I was born to do.

    I thank you in advance.

    P.S. I can send you a demo mp3 from my conputer so that you will believe my claim. I am truly not wasting your time.

    Arlene McGuire

    August 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  18. Steven C Hill

    My name is Steven Christopher Hill. I am a 50 year-old Black Man ,born in NY , now living in Atlanta. I am an unemployed Customer Service Rep who dreams of being a Voice Artist. I have a very distinctive,commanding voice, and have been told many times over the years that I should get into broadcasting. I have tried a few years back, by sending demo tapes to various companies,with no response. I also applied to the Connecticut/Atlanta School of Broadscasting, where I was told I was a natural for the Voice industry. I just could not afford the tuition costs.My voice and communication skills are my best asset. I only need an opportunity to showcase them. I can do various dialects, and can sound just like the Moviephone Guy doing movie reviews.

    I am tired of working dead-end Customer Service positions, where turnover is usually high, and pay usually low. I have been unemployed for over a year now, living off the good graces of friends. all I would like is an opportunity to improve myself and develop a marketable skill.I am too young for most seniors programs, and too old and without disablities or dependents for other programs. I have an outgoing, pleasant personality, and LOVE talking. Please consider me for a 30-second pitch.


    Steven C. Hill

    October 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Paul Cheli

    My name is: Paul Cheli. I am 54 years young.
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    Experienced in all 22 years

    I take pride in producing, creating, deliver visual impact images,
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    I'm looking to work for: a dynamic company who
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    CORDIS CORPORATION: produced digital graphics for 11 years for: product marketing and print. Illustrations...

    954 668 0274

    December 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  20. Brenda Jones

    This is a great opportunity for the world to see first hand the various level of intelligences that are victims of the "World of Unemployment". CNN keep doing what you do Best!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm |