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August 27th, 2009
12:55 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch: We need work!

Friday's :30 pitches reveal just how tough the job market really is.

They both have tons of experience and solid resumes, but are having a tough time finding a job. But neither have lost their sense of humor along the way.

You met Sue Condrin-Shields in our 1pm eastern hour on Friday.
If you have a job for this pharmaceutical sales rep, e-mail her at:
suecondrin@yahoo.com

 

 

In our 2pm eastern hour, you met Jolene Pierson Perry. She's been self-employed as a marketer and pr expert for more than 20 years. But the economy means her clients have all but disappeared.
If you have a job for her e-mail her at:
jolene3@mac.com

 

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  1. Maneesh Varma

    My name is Maneesh Varma. I am an unemployed, licensed attorney (D.C. and Oregon), recent returned Peace Corps Volunteer, husband and soon-to-be father. I graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. During my time in law school I became involved in numerous student groups, including the Student Bar Association and Phi Delta Phi. While in school I clerked with an employment/civil rights law firm, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I am looking for a position as an attorney with a law firm, Government agency or non-profit that would utilize my interest, skill and experience with employment law, civil rights and/or human rights.

    I joined the Peace Corps immediately after sitting for the Oregon State Bar exam because of my desire to serve a greater cause. I have always been the type of person who wants to help those who have been wronged or those who are less fortunate. I grew up with a strong spirit of volunteerism and community service and decided that Peace Corps would be a great opportunity to build upon the commitment I made to help others. Practicing as an attorney, I figured, could wait a few years.

    In January 2006, I began my adventure with Peace Corps in Zambia. I lived in a rural village without electricity and running water for the first year, working with the local clinic and training village health volunteers. As a health educator, I spent most of my time teaching about HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Family Planning, Child Health and Nutrition to community-based organizations and students at the community schools. I also spent a significant amount of time advocating at the local government level for better quality and access to healthcare for the community.

    During my second year I successfully applied for the position of Peace Corps Provincial Coordinator (Volunteer Leader). In that position I supervised all of the Peace Corps volunteers in Luapula Province. I provided technical and peer support and served as the first line of contact for nearly 30 village based volunteers. I also worked closely with the government's Provincial Health Office to strengthen the voluntary counseling and HIV testing services of the Province.

    In my final year of service I worked as a legal officer for the Zambia AIDSLaw Research and Advocacy Network (ZARAN) in Lusaka, Zambia. ZARAN focuses on the link between human rights and HIV/AIDS. My work at ZARAN involved assisting individuals with cases of actual or perceived HIV-based discrimination in employment and/or accessing services. This was done through the organizations free legal aid service, the AIDSLaw Clinic. I also gave presentations on human rights issues, researched and developed policy and discussion papers and facilitated training sessions for lawyers, judges, NGOs and the general public.

    I met my wife just prior to beginning my final year in Zambia. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer. We married in a small village ceremony in October 2008. We returned to the States earlier this year and are now expecting our first child. Even prior to returning to the States I began applying for jobs via the internet. To date, I have applied for more than 50 positions, both within and outside of the U.S. Government. I have had no luck whatsoever in finding a full-time attorney position. An acquaintance did help me find a part-time job teaching LSAT preparation classes and for that I am grateful. This part-time job is my only source of income. Unfortunately, it barely covers my monthly expenses. I am also grateful that I do not pay rent. Since returning to the States I have been living with my mother. My wife is living with her parents about 100 miles away. We are both trying our hardest to save money. She works as a waitress and, as a former probation officer, is also steadily applying for a more career-oriented position. Like me, her search for meaningful employment has been unsuccessful. My monthly expenses include a cell phone bill, insurance and an enormous student loan payment, in addition to the expenses involved in preparing for the birth of our son. I am grateful that my family (and hers) has been so helpful and supportive. We would not be able to make it without them. However, like many people, we are struggling to find our footing in the current job market. I have contacted friends and former colleagues for advice and networking assistance. I know that I have the skills and experience that make me an excellent candidate for an attorney position within the government or with a firm or organization that focuses on employment law and civil or human rights. It's frustrating, however, when I see how much I've accomplished and compare it to where I am now – a young attorney with so much to offer, sleeping on my mother's couch.

    If anyone can help, please email me at maneesh.varma.jd@gmail.com

    August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  2. james p snith

    Happy Friday.....HELP.....I have been HUMBLED to my knees! Recently laid off after 29 stellar years in the Yellow Page Industry,managing very succesful sales offices all over the country. Married for 21 years and the father of 3 teenage daughters and have been the sole provider for our house hold. Transfered to Denver 4 years ago with the company that just laid me off, with the promise I would be back to California with in 2 years which did not happen until a year ago. Now we have house in Denver we can not sell which has been on the market for 17 months with not one offer. Now I'm unemployeed for the first time ever in my life. Please pick me for the 30 second job segment with Kyra. Thank you...have a GREAT day.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  3. Lynn St.Amour

    Hi, I was laid off from my job in Nov 07 and decided to start my own company. I sell products to individual companies, one product in particular is my #1 product which is called "Power One".

    My product is in 14 Canadian Tire stores (in Canada), Head Office is willing to put the product in all their stores across Canada if I have a National Marketing Campaign which I don't currently have.

    I lived off my saving for 1 1/2 yr, I sold my 2,000 sq ft bungalow, bank changed me $ 14,000 in penalty. I used up all my saving trying to market this product. Last June I had to go find a job (selling photocopy machine, that's all I could get in this economy) and I am now renting a small apart.

    I am looking for investors and I am willing to bring them on as a partner and offer them 40% shares of my company.

    Here's some info on Power One:

    Fast acting rust/calcium/lime & organic stain remover!!!
    WORKS WHEN OTHERS DON’T!!!
    STAINS DISAPPEAR LIKE MAGIC!!!
    Will remove stains from fiberglass hull of boats, upholstery, wood, copper, rims, brake dust, vehicle, fenders, fiberglass, sink, toilet, bathtub, clothing, cement, stainless steel, humidifier, fabric, concrete, painted surfaces, body of carburetors, decks, chrome…Will also remove coffee stains, grape juice stain....and much much more. Its biodegradable, no smell, will not hurt skin, no fumes, no solvents, non-acid product, non-flammable, no scrubbing.
    Caution: Will etch glass and some aluminum.
    Apply on dry surface, wait 60 seconds, watch it disappear like magic. Simply rinse when done.
    Will also remove grease from cement and concrete, apply directly on dry surface, wait 5 mins, scrub with brush, may require more than one application.

    I hope to be invited on you 30 second pitch!

    Regards,
    Lynn

    September 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  4. Milton Smith

    aLBERTANS WOULD LOVE TO BRING IN MORE ENERGY BUT AS THE COALITION WENT THROUGH WE RAN OUT OF RIGS 100% OUT AND LEFT US WITH NOTHING TO DRILL WITH SORRY. RECESS TIME I GUESS. pERHAPS USING SKY BASE SHIPS AND SPACE PORTS WITH DROID CRAFT OPERATORED FROM OFFICES ON EARTH CAN PULL MORE OIL COAL GAS ETCC.. FROM ALL THE VOLCANIC INTEACTIONS ON MARS OR BEST YET VENUS WHICH IS THE CLOSEST TO EARTH SIZE. CLEAN THE AIR AND PUT DOWN SYSNTHETIC ATMOSPHERE.

    September 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Ryan

    I shoot video and work in Real Estate in the Las Vegas area. My Mom thinks I'm great...so hire me!

    September 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  6. Radwa

    Hi Kyra,
    How can i get a chance to do a 30 second pitch?

    September 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm |