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A better career may be at your fingertips

Some people looking to improve their employment situation spend thousands of dollars on career coaches and specialists. But what many don't realize is one of the best aids to help you get ahead is sitting right in your pocket.

Smartphones and tablets have changed how we find, advance and change our careers. Whether you need help networking, preparing for a big interview or dusting off your résumé, there are apps out there that can help.

Here are 10 essential apps if you wanted to climb up the next rung of the career ladder.

—By Chris Morris, special to CNBC.com and Marguerite Ward, news associate at CNBC.com. Originally posted 12 July 2014.

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