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5 Movies to Watch During Your Job Search

We all know and love Office Space (if you don’t, then you get a bonus movie on this list). Did you know that Swingline didn’t make a red stapler before the movie? The stapler in the movie was a standard Swingline spray-painted red. Swingline finally started making red ones in 2002 to meet fan demand. Anyway, turns out there are a lot of great movies to watch while you’re looking for a job. From motivational to inspirational to just plain silly, here are some films to watch while filling out resumes in your job search.

Tootsie
Dustin Hoffman plays an actor who is out of work because of his reputation for being difficult. In order to drum up some cash, he disguises himself as a woman and auditions for a role on a soap opera. After getting the part, and becoming wildly successful, shenanigans ensue.

Horrible Bosses
If you didn’t see this last summer, go rent it now. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis face off against a terrifying Kevin Spacey, a crazed Jennifer Aniston and a smarmy Colin Farrell. The three employees hatch a plan to escape their horrible bosses, which of course goes terribly wrong. Shenanigans ensue.

The Secret of My Success
Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox) moves to NYC after college and, despite his degree, ends up working in the mail room of Pemrose Corporation. After discovering that some of the higher ups in the company are making shoddy financial decisions, Brantley changes into a suit, sets up shop in an empty office, and assumes the identity of a new financial executive. (Shenanigans ensue)

Clockwatchers
Four women- Lisa Kudrow, Parker Posey, Toni Collette and Alana Ubach- become friends when they work as temps at the same company. The girls make their own fun, constantly waiting for happy hour, until a series of office thefts and a new hire start causing tension. This flick has fewer shenanigans, but instead some challenges, soul searching and cocktails.

Modern Times
I saw this film for the first time recently, and it’s a hilarious portrayal of trying to stay sane during terrible jobs and a terrible job search. Charlie Chaplin has a rather hilarious experience than most of us, as he gets to go crazy at work, hang out in prison for a bit and try to rescue a roast duck from a chandelier. Charlie Chaplin is synonymous with “shenanigans.”

Honorable Mention: The Devil Wears Prada, 9 to 5, Gung Ho, Working Girl, Tommy Boy
Take a break and enjoy these films! You’ll be a better job searcher for taking the time to recharge, and a little more motivated for watching all the crazies in these flicks.

What movies would you add to this list? Leave a comment below, or send me a tweet: @ithinkther4iamb #moviemania

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Kristin Anderson

Kristin has a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, with an emphasis in creative writing. In her free time she enjoys long walks, kitchen adventures, and making puns.