JOB SEARCH / JUL. 31, 2013
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Ten Movies to Boost your Job Search

We do not only want you to read about how to search for a job in an innovative and creative way. Today we want you to watch it. Therefore, we have selected a wide range of movies that show the process of job searching and how hard work and determination can secure you your dream job. In each of the below movies, the main characters fight for their dreams and search for original and innovative solutions to overcome unemployment.

  1. Grapes of Wrath (1940) by John Ford. This American drama tells the story of an Oklahoma family, who after losing their farm during the Great Depression in the 1930s, become migrant workers and end up in California. It tells the stories of each of the family members in the arduous journey across the States. It has been described by the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. 
  2. Erin Brockovich (2000) is a biographical film by Steven Soderbergh. Based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts, who fought against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company. As an unemployed single mother of three children, the film begins where Erin loses her case against a doctor who injured her in a traffic accident. After losing her case, the lawyer defending her decides to give her a job after she arrives at his office and appeared to start working for him. This is truely a film about the courage of fighting for a job and letting your dreams be bigger than fear.
  3. Full Monty (1997) British comedy-drama film directed by Peter Cattaneo. The film is recorded in Sheffield, England and tells the story of six unemployment men, four of them former steel workers, who decide to form a male striptease act in order to gather enough money to get somewhere else and for one of the characters, to be able to see his son. Unemployment, fathers’ right, depression, impotence and working class culture are some of the main topics in this movie.
  4. Mondays in the sun (2002) Spanish film directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa. The film depicts the degrading effects of unemployment on a group of men left jobless by the closure of the shipyards in Vigo, Galicia (Spain).
  5. Arcadia (2012) American drama film directed by Olivia Silver. Twelve-year-old Greta's dad Tom is moving the kids cross-country, promising a California paradise and packing half the household into a dented station wagon. Mom is supposed to join them later. But as they travel through forests, plains and deserts, stopping at fast food joints, shoddy motels, and a poor substitute for the Grand Canyon, Greta gradually realizes that her family is falling apart. Courage and fight when searching for a job to support the family.
  6. The Method (2005) Spanish thriller film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. The story tells of seven people that have been selected among several applicants for a final round to determine who will get an enviable executive position for a mysterious corporation, Dekia. The seven applicants are exposed to several psychological tests, "Grönholm Method” that starts eliminating applicants one by one.  Each of them with a different personality aggressive, successful, insecure, perfectionist, etc. The method consists in creating a competitive atmosphere and to expose them to extreme situations to study their reactions.
  7. It’s a free world (2007) drama film directed by Paul Laverty. An ambitious working class British woman tries to improve her situation by setting up her own business. A movie about how to start your own business and how rewarding this decision could be.
  8. The pursuit of happiness (2006) American drama film portrayed by Will Smith, tells about the story of a struggling salesman that takes the custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. 
  9. Up in the air (2009) drama film directed by Jason Rietman. With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life living out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him.
  10. Papadopoulos and sons (2012) Greek drama film directed by Marcus Markou. Following his ruin in the latest banking crisis, a self-made millionaire reluctantly re-unites with his estranged freewheeling brother to re-open the abandoned fish and chip shop they shared in their youth.


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