In today’s competitive job market, a cover letter can either make you or break you. Employers have read your resume and seen your LinkedIn page, so they’re looking for in your cover letter is that extra piece of sparkle about you that says, “I’m the one you want to hire: I’m your ride or die bitch.” And nobody knows more about sparkle than pop superstar and ultimate ride or die bitch, Rihanna. Skip the boring details and rise above the competition by using these Rihanna lyrics in your next cover letter.

1) “Baby, ‘cause in the dark / you can’t see shiny cars / And that’s when you need me there / With you I’ll always share / Because / When the sun shines, we’ll shine together / Told you I’d be here forever / Said I’ll always be a friend / Took an oath I’ma stick it out ‘til the end”

This lyric from, “Umbrella,” says you’re in it for the long haul and that your acute attention to detail will help keep their company from getting blindsided by the shiny car that is the competition.

2) “Life’s too short to be sittin’ round miserable / People gon’ talk whether you doing bad or good, yeah”

From “Cheers (Drink to That),” this excerpt will help express that you’re a person that brings positivity and zeal to any situation, no matter how miserable it may be. It also tells them that you’re able to handle even the toughest of criticism from others.

3) “I’m making my way over to my favorite place / I gotta get my body moving / Shake the stress away”

These days, the phrase “I work well under pressure,” is as overused as “Dear Sir/Madam.” This lyric from “Don’t Stop the Music,” evokes the same message while also implying that you’re an active person and that your workplace is your most favorite place in the whole wide world.


4) “So if you feel me, let me know, know, know / Come on now, what you waiting for, for, for / My engine’s ready to explode, explode, explode / So start me up and watch me go, go, go, go”

Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Drive,” was featured in an episode of Gossip Girl in which two teenagers passionately kiss in a moving car. Show your potential employer that, like those two teens were horny for each other, you’re horny/passionate for the job.

5) “Ooh baby I like it / You so excited / Don’t try to hide it / I’mma make you my bitch / Cake, cake, cake, cake / Cake, cake, cake, cake”

This lyric from “Birthday Cake” says it all. If you’re confident and risky enough to use the “B” word in a cover letter, you’re obviously confident and risky enough to someday be another “B” word: boss.

6) “Tonight / I’ma let you be the captain / Tonight / I’ma let you / Do your thing, yeah / Tonight / I’ma let you / Be a rider / Giddy up / Giddy up / Giddy up, babe”

By using this phrase from “Rude Boy”, you’re telling employers that while you possess great leadership skills, you’re always happy to let someone else take the reins and ride you down the path of success.

Writing a good cover letter can be hard. Let the words of a truly indomitable woman like Rihanna give you the strength to show off your skills in a unique and scintillating way!

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