Are you looking for a new job in 2023? While the process can feel overwhelming, daunting, frustrating and sometimes discouraging, your job hunt doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. The right soundtrack can get you feeling your best, and you’ll be landing interviews before you know it.
We’ve refreshed our list of inspirational, confidence-boosting songs with 23 great #GirlBoss songs to help you land your next job. Pull up your resume, browse the job board, and listen along with our Spotify playlist as you go from starting your job search to landing your next role. (Note: some songs are explicit.)
1. Fighter by Christina Aguilera
‘Cause if it wasn’t for all that you tried to do
I wouldn’t know just how capable
I am to pull through
So I wanna say thank you, cause it
Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
Makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
No matter why you’re looking for a new job, the job search process takes time, energy, and emotion. This classic jam from Christina starts us in the right frame of mind: grateful, positive, and full of momentum.
2. So What by P!nk
So, so what?
I’m still a rock star
I got my rock moves
And I don’t need you
The beginning of your job search can be overwhelming: getting your resume together, thinking about what kind of job you want, fretting about what’s really possible, wondering how long it’s going to take, etc. P!nk sets a great example in this song: know your worth and keep going!
3. BO$$ by Fifth Harmony
Working for the money
‘Cause that what my momma taught me
So yo *** better show me some re-spect
This song is as catchy as it is empowering. I mean, how can you go wrong with a song that includes Michelle Obama and spells out C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T? This is another great example of the confidence you deserve to have in your job search. No matter who you are, your individuality and personality are what set you apart from the competition!
4. Fight Song by Rachel Platten
This is my fight song, take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song, my power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong, I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes ’cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Job searching can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. Even with all the pump up anthems, sometimes, you just need to hear that you’re not alone. Being patient and resilient can take a lot of work, but pushing past the difficult times really does make you stronger. You’ve got this!
5. Independent Women – Part 1 by Destiny’s Child
All the women, who are independent, throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money, throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars, throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me, throw your hands up at me
Staring at your resume for hours can make your eyes glaze over. Trust us, we’ve been there. Take a cue from this song and get up and move your body for a minute! Give yourself a break and dance away the stress.
6. Soulmate by Lizzo
True love ain’t somethin’ you can buy yourself
True love finally happens when you by yourself
So if you by yourself, then go and buy yourself
Another round from the bottle on the higher shelf
We had to sneak in another song that reminds you to love and treat yourself. If you’re out there giving your best, that’s something to love and celebrate. You might have all of the external support you need, but don’t forget to give yourself gratitude and love too.
7. Salute by Little Mix
Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you with me, lemme see your hands
Stand up and salute
Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots
Representing all the women, salute, salute
No matter what kind of job you’re looking for, today’s a great day to put your best self out there. This is a great reminder to take stock of all your skills and possible career options—and don’t undervalue yourself! If you meet 60% of the desired/required qualifications on a job listing, APPLY FOR IT!
8. Confident by Demi Lovato
It’s time for me to take it, I’m the boss right now
Not gonna fake it, Not when you go down
‘Cause this is my game, and you better come to play
When you’re going from applying to jobs to interviewing, confidence is key. It doesn’t matter if you’re interviewing in person or you’re setting yourself in your living room for a Zoom call. Let your confidence and personality shine. (This is the “put on your war face” song you need right before you slap on your stage smile.)
9. Work B**ch by Britney Spears
Bring it on, ring the alarm
Don’t stop now, just be the champion
Work it hard, like it’s your profession
Watch out now, ’cause here it comes
Whether you’re motivated by the hot body or the Bugatti that Britney sings about, she has a point. If you want something, then you’ve got to get motivated and put the work in. Similarly, don’t wait for a sign or opportunity: a real #GirlBoss will go out there and find her own.
10. Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya
Oh, I don’t know what you’ve been told
But this girl right here’s gonna rule the world
Yeah, that’s where I’m gonna be because I wanna be
No, I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty
The world is at your fingertips….even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Don’t let yourself get complacent. In other words: push for the job of your dreams and put in the work to earn it.
11. Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande
One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
Now, I’m so amazing
Sometimes, a job opportunity just isn’t the right fit. The company may want someone slightly different than you, or (just as importantly), you may want something different than what they can offer! While negotiating is an important part of getting a new job, it’s important to know when to gratefully say “Thank you, next.”
12. The Champion by Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris
I am the champion, you’re gon’ know my name
You can’t hurt me now, I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion
The interview process can be exciting, stressful, disappointing, and joyous—sometimes all in the same conversation! Champions are the people who don’t give up. Keep trying and you will find a new job. Make sure to listen to Ludacris’ acronym rap for extra oomph.
13. No Excuses by Meghan Trainor
(Someone else) you must’ve confused me, confused me with
(Someone else) you must’ve confused me, confused me with
(Someone else) there ain’t no excuses, excuses, babe
You might be tempted to take your foot off the gas during your job search. We’ve all been there, and breaks are important. Having said that, it’s important to keep yourself on track. No excuses! Also, don’t confuse yourself with someone you’re not. Remember why you’re a great catch for any employer. Keep up the great work and you will see results.
14. Woman by Kesha feat. The Dap-Kings Horns
I buy my own things, I pay my own bills
These diamond rings, my automobiles
Everything I got, I bought it
This catchy throwback jam is a reminder to keep your sense of humor and perspective during your job search. In this song, Kesha balances amazing energy and vocals with glowing positivity and giggles. You can, too!
15. Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Job hunts have ups and downs. Being resilient and having the ability to bounce back from a rejection is important for your mental health and self esteem. So, take a clue from TSwift and shake it off.
16. Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try, but you’ll never forget her name
When you get to the second round of an interview, this is your jam. Trust us.
17. Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful
Most girls work hard, go far, we are unstoppable
This anthem reminds you to be unapologetically (and professionally) you. Your authentic self is powerful, worth hiring, and worth celebrating!
18. Brave by Sara Bareilles
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
I want to see you be brave
Sometimes a job search requires you to step outside your comfort zone. Applying to jobs you feel underqualified for, interviewing with groups of strangers, or thinking on your feet can all be intimidating. As Sara says in this song, “everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down.” If you’re at the interviewing stage of a new job, everyone wants you to succeed! Plus, those strangers evaluating you are probably just as nervous as you are.
19. Good as Hell by Lizzo feat. Ariana Grande (Remix)
Come now, come dry your eyes
You know you a star, you can touch the sky
I know that it’s hard but you have to try
Imagine for second: what if you had two job offers at once? How would you feel? This song sums it up pretty well. As you continue your job search, remember that this is possible. (Also, this is a sign to take a cue from Lizzo and Ariana and call a friend to hype you up.)
20. Me Too by Meghan Trainor
And I can’t help loving myself
And I don’t need anybody else, no
If I was you, I’d wanna be me too
I’d wanna be me too
This song is catchy, of course, but we included it for a different reason. While it’s important to customize your cover letter and resume for each job you apply to and to proofread both before you submit them, tiny grammar mistakes aren’t the end of the world! This song is a global hit, even though the grammatically correct phrase is “If I were you, I’d wanna be me too.”
21. Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé
I work my nine to five, better cut my check
This goes out to all the women getting it in, you on your grind
To all the men that respect what I do, please accept my shine
This song’s anthemic sound and repeating chorus might be just what you need. You’re strong and powerful, and you have a lot of other ladies in the world pulling for your success.
22. Unstoppable by Sia
I put my armor on, show you how strong I am
I put my armor on, I’ll show you that I am
When you’re close to signing an offer for a new job, you’ll feel unstoppable. And you are!
23. Feeling Good by Nina Simone
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life, for me
And I’m feeling good
There’s no better feeling than securing your future. This song is the perfect soundtrack to signing a new job offer. Congratulations! You deserve it.
And there you have it: 23 great #GirlBoss songs you can play on repeat as you search for your next job. There will be plenty of ups and downs along the way, but if you keep your spirits up and max out the volume, we’ll help get you through it.