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Valley man tries creative tactic to get a job

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Arizona's unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent last month to 7 percent.

But economists say it's still better than it was the year before when unemployment was still at 8.1 percent. Most of the jobs were in government.

One man had trouble finding a job and he took a much-different approach to getting one. He's literally pounding the pavement in his job search, standing on the street, asking to be hired.

"It's been rough," said William Dwinell.

Dwinell spent Friday on the corner of 24th Street and Camelback. He's not begging for money, but looking for a job.

"I turn down money.  Someone handed me a couple dollars and I said no, I'm not in it for money, I want a job so I can make my own money," he said.

He's been sending out his resume, applied for jobs online, but none of the traditional job hunting methods have worked.

So after more than a year, he decided to hit the streets.

"It's very depressing, my wife and I, it breaks down the family. And my wife has had to pull the load the whole time... she can't do that anymore, it's my turn to pull the load," he said.

Some people driving by have stopped, and he handed out all his resumes Friday. He has some pretty impressive qualifications on the resume he distributed.

"Graphic designer by trade, I've been doing design work since the mid 90's, and I'm very good at what I do.. I'm a technology guru," said Dwinell.  "I do prototyping, I do strategizing.. I do a think tank.. worked at the Census.."

So here's his pitch: "I'm probably one of the most unique creatives you'll ever meet, I'm very good at what I do. I have a very high tech background. What I do is I merge creativity with technology... so if you're looking for a designer, if you're looking for an very, very outside the box creative type, I'm your man," he said.

He said this was the third time he's done this. He gets a lot of encouragement, and he gave out all his resumes hoping someone will call him for an interview or a job.

William Dwinell:

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