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March 5th, 2011
10:08 AM ET
February 17th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

30 Second Pitch

A special edition of 30 Second Pitch. We want to help a handful of ex-walmart employees find work. Lori Poulsen, Shawn Ray and Gabriel Stewart weren't laid off. They and a colleague were fired from a Utah store-after tearing a gun away from a suspected shoplifter.

Here's the play-by-play from the police report: A customer apparently stashed a laptop in his clothes– then made a break for the front of the store. But he didn't make it. He yanked his gun *after he was escorted to the loss prevention office. The workers lept into action, ripping away the gun and holding him until police arrived. But the employees were let go a week later, for violating company policy- which tells employees to withdraw if a gun comes out.

A Walmart official tells us- "Our associates are trained on this policy to help avoid situations that put our customers & associates in jeopardy." "...simply, we cannot condone associates taking matters into their own hands."

So that brings us to Thursday’s 30 Second Pitch: There's three of them– Gabriel Stewart, Lori Poulsen, and Shawn Ray. The fourth person Justin Richins landed some temporary work!

If you are interested in hiring any of them here’s their contact information:

Gabriel Stewart
Lori Poulsen
Shawn Ray

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January 20th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
January 14th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
December 25th, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Melinda Pfeiffer's 30-Second Pitch


Contact her at

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December 17th, 2010
04:01 AM ET

30 Second Pitch

Jake Reznikow has been out of work for about a year-and-a-half. He's had to move back in with his parents. He is looking for a job in the financial industry. Here's a look at his 30 Second Pitch. And you're interested in hiring Jake Reznikow email him at

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December 2nd, 2010
05:23 PM ET
November 25th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

30 Second Pitch

Kolaco Acqui would be thankful to land a fulltime job! Kolaco, has been out of work for nearly two years. She has experience in finance (analytical) and the fashion industry (Retail/Wholesale). However, she doesn’t want to be bound by a job title, therefore any position that requires her analytical and technical skills balanced by negotiation and people skills will be desirable. If you are interested in hiring Kolaco Acqui email her at Also check out her website:

Filed under: :30 Second Pitch • Anchors • Kyra Phillips
November 19th, 2010
06:18 PM ET

Jobseeker Offers up to $25,000 Reward

It’s our 30 second pitch…this week’s jobseeker is Scott Avidon, a former executive in marketing and product development. Listen to how he's selling himself: He's offering a reward for anyone who helps him land a job. The finder's fee between ten and 25 thousand dollars, depending on his base salary. The more he makes, the more he'll pay you. Take a look at Scott Avidon’s 30 second pitch with Kyra Phillips. and if you're interested in hiring Scott go to:

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November 11th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Former U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Looking For Work

Tristan Metroze served seven years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. Tristan enlisted right after the 9/11 attacks. He got his bachelor's degree in the service and is now completing his MBA work at the University of Pittsburgh. He says his ultimate dream job is an investment banker.

Tristan Metroze joined us from Pittsburgh, with his 30-second pitch. If you’re interested in hiring Tristan email him at

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