About the Jobs

Yes, Working Girl really did have 59 jobs. Here are a few high, and low, lights. (For a complete list, click here.)

WORST JOB:
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Worked 4 p.m. to midnight in large, incredibly noisy room. Duties: Pick up envelopes. Check for addresses. Pack into boxes.

BEST JOB:
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Duties: Got to read all day. Best part: The point of the job was to point out other people’s mistakes. Heaven.

HARDEST JOB:
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Wrote & edited weekly newsletter. Subject: The quality and reliability of gas turbine engines. Important product. Boring topic.

EASIEST JOB:
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In capacity as American citizen, attended pitch meetings for French design firm that wanted to give the appearance of an international staff. Duties: Sit there. Look American.

MOST GLAMOROUS JOB:
receptionist-copyWorked a reception desk at Paris Air Show. Got to wear cute uniform. No responsibility. Dined nightly at finest & most expensive Paris restaurants.

JOB THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GLAMOROUS BUT WASN’T:
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Hired to model at Prêt à Porter fashion show in Paris. Employer specialized in “women’s sizes.” Clothes too big. Ended up unpacking boxes and running errands.

MOST HUMILIATING JOB:

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As an eighth grader, washed dishes in elementary school cafeteria. Pay: Lunch.

JOB THAT PAID THE BEST:
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Earned $3,000 for five-day writing gig.

JOB THAT PAID THE WORST:
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Twelve hours a day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen bucks. Breaking down to 25 cents an hour.

JOB THAT DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE:
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Hand-typing letters so they’d look like “personal correspondence.” Once typed same letter 535 times.