Video: After Fruitless Job Hunt, Daniel Seddiqui Works 50 Jobs in 50 States


Video: After Fruitless Job Hunt, Daniel Seddiqui Works 50 Jobs in 50 States
Daniel Seddiqui was a coal miner in West Virginia, one of 50 jobs he held across the country over the course of 50 weeks.

In this economy, some people have a hard time finding a job. Daniel Seddiqui found 50 - one in each state.

Seddiqui writes all about his vocational odyssey in his book, "50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America." In it, he chronicles a 50-week journey across the country, taking a different job in each state, learning about an array of careers and assembling a lengthy résumé.

Making his way across America from September 2008 to September 2009, Seddiqui hauled lobsters in Maine, coached football in Alabama, taught surfing in Hawaii, mined coal in West Virginia and patrolled the border in Arizona.

Seddiqui also visited Arkansas, working as an archeologist in Fayetteville. He's back in the Natural State this week, part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, and for his book, which came out in March.

On Tuesday, he'll speak to students at Little Rock Central High School and business community members at the Downtown Little Rock Rotary Club. From 3:30-5:30 p.m., he'll sign copies of his book at Books-A-Million in North Little Rock.

Seddiqui set out on his journey after a fruitless, three-year job search after graduating from the University of Southern California. At his numerous motivational speaking appearances, Seddiqui's message is one of perseverance, hard work, open-mindedness and hope in a tough economy.

Below, Seddiqui talks about journey during an appearance early Tuesday on "Today's THV This Morning," including why he did it and what he learned.

You can read more about Seddiqui's journey at FiftyJobs.com and LivingtheMap.com.