When you used to head out for a night with friends, music was probably one of the things you all used to get in the mood and feel at your best. It can do magic for you during your job search as well. While it can feel overwhelming, daunting, frustrating and sometimes discouraging, the job hunt doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. Here are 10 great #GirlBoss songs to help you keep your chin up while you break the glass ceiling and land your next job. You can listen along with my Spotify playlist (but note, some of the songs are explicit).
1. BO$$ by Fifth Harmony
Working for the money
‘Cause that what my momma taught me
So yo *** better show me some re-spect
Let’s start this playlist off with something 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? If this first song gets you excited, you’ll love the rest of this playlist.
2. 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
If you’re reading this, you better queue up this song and throw your hands up. Every #GirlBoss in the gig economy should have their hands in the air, celebrating how hard they work to be their best self.
3. 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 a 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.
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
Sometimes, you just need to hear that you’re not alone in your experience or your struggle. Being patient and resilient can take a lot of work, but being able to push past the difficult times really does make you stronger.
5. 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
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.)
6. 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
If you’re waiting for a sign to tell you to get serious and get your search going, this is it. Today’s a great day to put your best self out there. Whether you’re looking for a career to focus on or a side hustle to keep yourself busy, we feel you.
7. 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. Sometimes you’ll turn down jobs, and sometimes jobs will find a better fit than you. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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. Therefore, don’t let yourself get complacent. In other words: push for the job of your dreams and put in the work to earn it.
10. 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
We close out our #GirlBoss playlist with a classic girl power hit. It’s anthemic sound and repeating chorus might be just what you need. Don’t forget that you’re a strong, powerful woman and you have a lot of other ladies in the world who feel what you feel and are pulling for your success.
And there you have it – 10 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.