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Seddiqui here chronicles his 2009 journey across the United States as he worked representative jobs in each state's major industry for one week. A 2005 graduate from the University of Southern California, he conceived of this project after encountering repeated rejections for employment in his field of economics because of his lack of experience. His goal, therefore, was to add experience to his résumé, learn firsthand about different careers, and support himself. In each of the 50 chapters, Seddiqui recounts his job experience for the week, including locating the job, adapting to the work, and his perceptions of the industry's culture. From guarding the border in Arizona to coping with seasickness while catching lobsters in Maine, the memorable anecdotes contribute to an authentic sense of each job and provide an original perspective on the nation's careers.
Verdict: Although not the usual career guide, Seddiqui's look at America through 50 quintessential jobs is both informative and inspiring. Recommended for undergraduate students doing career research and for college career resource centers.—Jane Scott, George Fox Univ. Lib., Newberg, OR

About the Author

Daniel Seddiqui graduated from USC with a BA in Economics in May 2005. But after going on over 40 interviews and receiving no job offers, he decided to try a different strategy - to set out on a journey across the US in which he would work a different job in every state. Daniel successfully completed that journey and has been featured in major media outlets nationwide and internationally. He is currently a speaker and tours the nation speaking to mainly younger university audiences about his experiences and learning.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605098256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605098258
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Seddiqui is known as the World's Most Ambitious Job Seeker, yet has been named by USA Today as the Most Rejected Person in the World. With failing over 40+ consecutive job interviews, sending out 18,000 emails, and making nearly 5,000 phone calls, this young buck achieved his mission of working 50 Jobs in 50 States.

When it seemed like the world turned against him, Daniel wanted to prove he was worthy of it all. Leaving his economics degree from the University of Southern California behind, he's been everything from a weatherman in Ohio and a border patrol agent in Arizona, to a coal miner in West Virginia and a rodeo announcer in South Dakota.

Daniel is now a bestselling author, highly demanded speaker, and director of an innovative career exploration program. He is the founder of Living the Map, which raises awareness of the varying cultures, careers, and environments across the country through outreach, educational endeavors, and community building. Daniel encourages those to explore the world around them, to understand and respect one another and to make continuous discoveries to better themselves. Putting his economics degree to use, Daniel researched how unemployment affects different communities in various ways, as he tries to address each social issue or epidemic.

Featured on many national and international media outlets, such as CNN, Fox News, NPR, Today Show, Associated Press, BBC, MSN, Yahoo!, C-SPAN, World News Tonight, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and Voices of America, Daniel has earned his spot as a job seeking expert and cultural analyst contributor.

A homegrown Californian, Daniel learned how restrictive an environment of familiarity could be. He realized how small we make our world until stepping out of our comfort zone, whether it's our field of study, environment, or fear of failure. Daniel's a strong proponent of exploring the many great opportunities that exist and in need of being created.

When not busy working, Daniel enjoys staying competitive with long distance running, a sport he was a nationally ranked collegiate athlete and successful Division 1 collegiate coach.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Athena on February 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
50 Jobs in 50 States was one of the most enjoyable non fiction books I've read in a while. I felt like I was on the journey with the author, experiencing all the different cultures and jobs across America. After finishing the book, it has inspired me greatly to go out and create my own adventure. This book also gives the jobless people all over America lots of hope: that if you are willing to put yourself out there, opportunities will come your way. I give this book two thumbs up!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MaryS on February 26, 2011
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The presentation of this book, inside and out is amazing. I just got the book last night and finished it in one sitting. I learned quite a lot about this country and the American hospitality. I can't believe that the author was able to tackle so much in a week in each state and keep his drive to keep going. I would recommend this for a reader interested in travel and adventure of a real life journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BLehner on April 27, 2011
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In our current economy it seems a good idea to think outside of the box when it comes to looking for a job. This is exactly what Daniel Seddiqui did by bringing his dream of "living the map" and his desperate search for a job together. Looking for the quintessential jobs, best representing the culture and economy of each state, Daniel soon set out with nothing more than a Jeep Cherokee and the wish to make it through 50 Jobs In 50 States in only a year.
Apart from this being an awesome idea, I found it amazing how much energy Daniel put into this project, which certainly wasn't the easiest to begin with. Whether working as Vegas Wedding Coordinator in Nevada, Cheese Maker in Wisconsin, or Race-Pit Crew Member in Indiana, this journey taught him a lot about perseverance, risk-taking, adaptability and networking. And while the book is focusing on economy and the search for jobs, I found it to be a fascinating read from a travelers perspective too.
Admittedly I could have done without the passages about Daniel's relationship and dating life which did not fit the whole theme of the book. And, in my opinion, the book was a bit amateurishly written and not as polished as I would have wished for. Yet I want to point out that the idea alone more than made up for this.
In short: An inspiring and different kind of journey through the US!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 14, 2011
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Daniel Seddiqui is walking proof that times are tough. He graduated from USC with a degree in economics, and after applying and being rejected from more than forty jobs, Daniel decided to see what other opportunities America had to offer. He reached out to over 5,000 different employers and managed to line up one job in each of the 50 states, each job reflecting the local industry/economy. Daniel completed his journey and published the book 50 Jobs in 50 States.

50 Jobs in 50 States is the true-story of Daniel Seddiqui's journey and findings as he explores America. He dives into the details of each job and each state, and their respective cultures and peoples. Building new relationships, and, at the same time, re-examining relationships of his own.

If you ever find yourself interested in learning anyone else's story - from Oprah's latest guest on her talk show to the guy in line in front of you at the grocery store - you're going to enjoy sitting down with Daniel's book.

Daniel's inspirational story has been featured on local, national, and international news, websites, and other media outlets since the very start of his journey. And having seen some of the videos and articles, I had no doubt that this kid had done something admirable. Daniel had stared right back into the eyes of rejection and said, 'You don't own me.'

I'm glad I picked up a copy of his book, though. Because I thought I knew the story... I thought I knew all there was to know. It's basic: Like many graduates, Daniel can't find a job, so he gets 50. Take that unemployment rate! Good for him. Case closed. ...Turns out, I was wrong.

I read 50 Jobs in 50 States just about a month after it came out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aria75 on March 9, 2011
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I'm not a big book reader. Most books or articles make me fall asleep. I thought I would give this book a chance, because I'm very interested in knowing about other States. Daniel Seddiqui sucks you in from the beginning. I'm surprised I didn't doze off. It grasps you and keeps you excited to read what's next?? It's also a moving story about a determined guy who stops at nothing to finish his project. Perhaps his father's reverse Psychology worked. Thinking his son couldn't do it, he told him "See you in 3 weeks" turned into See you in a year!

Reading this book gives you an idea of the hard work people do. It also shows that most people in the U.S. are kind to strangers. This is one book I recommend to anybody who hates reading. It's an easy read and funny as well.
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