Often, professionals can feel a bit stuck when it comes to networking and career development – with so many options, it can be hard to gauge where to start.

We have the answer – use your smartphone, of course! There’s a whole host of productivity apps available if you want to step up your professional game. Lucky for you, we’ve chosen a few of our favorites and given you a short description of them below.

1. Shapr – This app takes networking to a new level. It’s built in the style of dating apps like Bumble, except with a professional twist – instead of uploading your likes and dislikes and what you’re looking for in a partner, you’re uploading information from your LinkedIn profile about your professional history. Then, Shapr gives you a selection of professionals in similar fields, and you swipe depending on whether or not you’d be interested in networking with them. If there’s a match, Shapr allows you to connect.

After that it’s up to you. You can talk about anything professionally, and even arrange a time to meet for coffee. The great thing about Shapr is that it takes the awkwardness out of that first handshake. Once you connect, it’s in your hands.

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2. Pocket – Pocket is a convenient way to save things you want to come back to later, whether it’s an article on LinkedIn, a job you want to apply for, or one of the useful blog posts on our website. Once you save it, it will be in the Pocket app for you to go back to whenever you want!

When you see something that you want to come back to, you can click the pocket button in your browser or email the link to add@pocket.com. Pocket then curates all your saved pages neatly in one place to reference whenever you need to. You can even save things like open jobs you find on the Career Group Companies website – hello, easy job hunt!

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3. Things – Things is the one of the most advanced productivity apps out there. It manages your business/personal calendars and your to-do list in one app, combining easy-to-use software and a super intuitive user experience.

The way Things works is up to you – they have customizable features and options to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. The interview you have coming up, the notes from your recruiter on resume changes, and the reminder to follow up on a job application are now all organized and at your fingertips.

It also offers headings to categorize your lists, and an “upcoming” feature that lets you keep track of long-term goals. Staying on top of your professional life has never been easier!

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4. RescueTime – Ever look at the clock and wonder where the time’s gone? With RescueTime, you never have to wonder again. RescueTime is a plugin that works in the background of the browsers on your phone and computer and tracks what sites you spend your time on. It also provides you with reports and analytics so you really know what your day consists of.

You can even set alerts so that you’ll know when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on an app or website, and block yourself if you want to make a change – no more mindless scrolling!

It also logs highlights and accomplishments made during the day, so you can pat yourself on the back once you see how productive you were! With RescueTime, you’ll always know where every minute is going.

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Those are just a few of our top favorite apps for any professional wanting to improve their productivity and career trajectory. If you happen to download or use one of them, shoot us a comment and let us know how it’s worked for you!