As if finding one job weren't tough enough, a man from California is hoping to find 50 jobs in 50 weeks in all 50 states. Daniel Seddiqui is spending this week in Wisconsin working at Widmer's Cheese Cellars in Theresa.
The 26-year-old says he embarked on the cross-country trek after getting rejected for dozens of jobs after college. He's hoping the journey will help him find his life's calling. "Before I started this project I felt like there was no opportunities out there for me," he says. "There's so much out there, so much to see, so many people to meet that could help you land a job. That's how I've been able to find most of these jobs."
"I've learned that sending blind resumes doesn't work," Seddiqui says. "Just networking has definitely worked for me. So if you're willing to go around meeting people and trying new things, opportunism will defiantly open up for you."
He says being a cheese maker is the most labor intensive job he's had in the 23 weeks he's been on the road. "I thought it would be an easy week, because I thought a lot of machinery would do the work, but no," he says. "It's pretty rough, I was sore for the first couple of days."
Why cheesemaking? Seddiqui says he prefers jobs which are culturally and economically relevant to the state he's in. He often stays with the family of the person who hires him. In the 23 weeks he's been on the road, he's been a petroleum engineer, a border patrol agent, a cartographer, and a dietician.