The New Year is officially upon us. If there's something you don't love about your life, what better time than now to do something about it?
Obviously, a major factor that determines your level of happiness is your job. Whether you want to find a job or you just want one better than your current employment, the start of 2015 is the time to do it.
While we're on the subject of new, you should consider updating your job search for the 21st century. Applying for jobs isn't just about mailing out resumes anymore. In addition to texting, taking selfies and dominating Candy Crush Saga, your smartphone can also be used to land you the perfect job. Here are five apps that will take your job search to the next level this year.
1. Indeed (Free for Android and iOS devices)
The mobile app for job search site Indeed is pretty standard, but it's a must have for any applicant. The design is simple, which helps make the app really easy to use. You can search for jobs, save postings to look at later and apply right from your smartphone. It's one of the more comprehensive job search tools available.
2. Poacht (Free for Android and iOS devices)
Poacht is for people who already have jobs but are looking for something better. The app is touted as a covert job search tool that lets the recruiters come to you. Just sign up with your LinkedIn profile, which will become anonymous in the app. Poacht's algorithm matches you with open positions that would be a good fit. If employers like your skills, they contact your for an interview, which you can review as easily as a swipe left or swipe right on Tinder.
3. Apploi (Free for Android and iOS devices)
If you only have time to apply for jobs while you're waiting on line at Chipotle, Apploi is for you. This app finds job openings based on your location. You can follow companies in the retail, hospitality, service and support sectors that you're interested in. All you have to do is set up a profile and apply. Then, enjoy your burrito.
4. StartMonday (Free for Android and iOS devices)
For those applying to positions that require someone with a bit more personality, you might want to consider using StartMonday for all of your job hunting needs. What's different about this app is you apply with a short video of yourself explaining why you're the right person for the job. This could be a great way to set yourself a part from the rest of the pack.
5. ZipRecruiter (Free for Android and iOS devices)
If you really want to see all of the jobs that are out there, you're going to want to download ZipRecruiter. This app aggregates results some of the best job boards online, including Monster, CareerBuilder, SimplyHired and Glassdoor. It's basically your one-stop career shop.