Having trouble finding a job? Better yet, are you still unsure of the perfect career for yourself? Daniel Seddiqui found himself in both of these positions when he graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Southern California. As he told the New York Daily News this week, he failed 40 interviews and received no feedback from any prospects on his first attempt to find a job. Basically, he was stuck, and he needed to generate some income.
This was when the 27-year-old got the idea to travel across country to visit each state for one week and work while he was there. Seddiqui's resume (and web site) is now packed with a plethora of jobs. His experiences range from being a petroleum engineer in Texas to being a syrup processor in Vermont.
Each job he gets is specific to the state's hottest industry. For example, when Seddiqui visited Tennessee, a beacon of entertainment, he chose a job as a technician for a music studio. He currently finds himself in Manhattan and is in search of a job as a stockbroker for job #42. Good luck with that. He told the press that due to the economic times, many brokerage firms are busy downsizing instead of hiring. Perhaps work as a cab driver or a street vendor may be easier to find, but again, good luck with breaching the cartels on those jobs.
So far, Seddiqui has raked in about $60,000 from this nationwide experiment; most of which he is saving. He is set to publish a book next year which will document his adventures, and he's got a reality show in Europeset to spin off from his escapades.
Seddiqui's one piece of advice for struggling job seekers is networking. Get out there are mingle! In the end it's all about who you know.