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Kelly Clay

Kelly Clay is a freelance writer and social media strategist based in Seattle. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, it's only fitting that she has been obsessed with technology since before she could walk. In addition to writing for PayScale, Kelly can be found on Forbes, Twitter, and her personal blog…and usually with a cup of coffee in hand, too. 

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Most Recent Posts by Kelly Clay
  • How to Get More Done Every Week

    Did you have a "case of the Monday's" this week, or maybe just a terrible Tuesday? By now, you're probably counting down the hours until the weekend, exhausted from a week of work at your 9 to 5 job. But how much did you really get done this week — and how much do you wish you had accomplished, in order to get next week off to a running start?
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  • Is Times New Roman Keeping You From Getting Hired?

    Looking to apply for a new job? Before you send in your resume, you may want to reconsider what font you're using. As it turns out, your default choice of Times New Roman might send your resume right to the reject pile.
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  • Fastest-Growing Jobs Are Also the Ones That Pay the Least

    The good news is that the economy is recovering, employment opportunities are increasing, and many occupations are expected to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years. The bad news? These "fastest growing jobs" barely pay above minimum wage – so if you're looking to use your degree, let alone pay your student loans, you'll need to look beyond these gigs.
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  • Want to Make Bank? Avoid These 5 Graduate Degrees

    Grad school can make or break your career. Choose the right advanced degree, and you can skyrocket to success; choose the wrong one, and you'll rack up debt, but see little payoff. Recently, PayScale helped Fortune crunch some numbers to determine the best and worst graduate degrees out there, with potential income being the most critical factor. While there's obviously more to consider than just cost, it's important to keep in mind how much debt you're getting into – and therefore how much you'll have to make to pay it back – as average tuition for a graduate degree runs $36,000 to $63,000 a year.
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  • Can't Find a Job? Here's How to Stay Motivated

    It's never fun to find yourself unemployed, whether you were fired or had to quit for reasons entirely your own. In today's economy, it's slightly easier to find a job than in years prior, but it's not uncommon to be between jobs for months while you find the right company – one that pays well, is close to home, and offers the benefits you deserve.
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  • Padding Your Resume? 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop

    Are you searching for that dream job, but aren't sure if you're qualified for a step up in your career? If you don't quite yet have all the skills a recruiter is looking for, you might be tempted to think about embellishing your resume or adding a few skills you don't actually have to your LinkedIn profile.
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  • Love to Travel? Here Are 5 Jobs Perfect for You

    Do you dream of working while traveling the world? If you can't fathom planting your roots in a single city, you might think of yourself as a "digital nomad" instead – spending a few weeks or a few months in a different city, staying with friends or in an Airbnb rental while working at the same time.
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  • 5 Ways to Keep Track of Your Accomplishments

    Ever feel like you always have so much to do, yet never get anything done? You likely have an ongoing task list, Post-it notes stuck all around your desk ,and co-workers constantly approaching you with more things they need help with. With so much that needs to get done, it's easy to forget everything you've accomplished — and chances are that's a lot.
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  • 4 Ways to Get a Job at a Startup

    Startups can be a great place to work -- compared to a corporate office, the culture is smaller and more intimate. If hired, you'll probably find yourself helping out with many different projects at once, and you'll need the skill set to back that up. If you're a person that loves longer hours, closer relationships with your co-workers, and the excitement of growing along with the company, here's how you can increase your chances of getting hired at a startup.
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  • Workplace Weaknesses: What's the Best Way to Answer This Dreaded Job Interview Question?

    In most job interviews, you're going to get the question, "What's your biggest weakness?" Avoid the temptation to answer with a humble-brag, like, "I work too hard." Not only is it bad form, but it doesn't help them really get to know you. Here are three ways to be prepared, answer honestly, and still get hired.
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