HR Strange But True!
August 19, 2009

Daniel Seddiqui's job hunt left him so discouraged that he decided to hit the road--literally. In a self-described “living the map” journey, he aims to have 50 jobs in all 50 states over 50 weeks. That will be one long résumé!

Seddiqui sent out a staggering 18,000 email inquiries and had 40 interviews, but did not get a job. He even volunteered to beef up his experience and worked at Home Depot to beef up his bank account.

For the University of Southern California grad, with a degree in economics, the job search also made him realize he didn't really know what he wanted to do career-wise. So the idea of trying different jobs for 1 week each in each of the 50 states appealed to him. However, it took him 8 months of emails and phone calls to land the 50 temporary jobs.

“I'm trying to find jobs that relate to the culture of the state," Seddiqui told New York Daily News . Among the jobs he's tried are:

  • A coal miner in West Virginia
  • An auto mechanic in Michigan
  • A border patrol agent in Arizona
  • A maple syrup processor in Vermont
  • A crab chef in Maryland

The job he hated the most was performing as a character at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida . It was so hot inside his costume that he fell off his stilts. The “most brutal” job he encountered was stirring cheese curds in Wisconsin because his work areas " smelled like dirty socks.” His favorite jobs were coaching high-school football in Alabama and reporting the weather at a TV station in Cleveland.

His most lucrative job was $2,000 a week in Minnesota, where he worked as a salesman for a medical equipment company. His lowest paying job was making wood furniture with the Amish in Pennsylvania, where he made only $100.

According the Daily News, Seddiqui also has a side project--meeting women--which has been much more successful than the job hunt. “I'm dating as many women as I can along the way,” he said.

Source: Daily News

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