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Job-hunter takes search to the streets

February 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
As the jobless rate continues to climb, more and more Southern Californians are struggling to find work these days. One man has literally taken his job hunt to the streets.Mat Richter lost his job several months ago. Many mornings, Richter stands on the corner of La Paz Rd. and South Highway 79 in Temecula, in shirt and tie and gloves, holding signs, hoping to get a job interview.

"The job market is really bad, especially in my career field, so I decided to get out here and find something local," said Richter.

One of the signs Richter made up lists his background: a degree in marketing, a veteran of the Gulf War, Sunday school teacher, father of seven.

Richter has a bit of paralysis.

"I got a virus, and it's call Bell's palsy, it's paralyzed my face temporarily," said Richter. "Hopefully it will be gone in about a week or so."

Several motorists copy his number or his Web site. Richter says he gets three to eight prospects a day, but so far no job.

"You know, if somebody hires me they are going to get a very dedicated, very hard-working employee," said Richter.

If perseverance has its just rewards, Mat Richter's will pay off.


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