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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
  • Starbucks to Increase Starting-Pay Rates in All US Markets Beginning in January

    Millions of Americans make ends meet every day with low-wage jobs at retail stores and restaurants. As these businesses are constantly criticized over low pay, one company is stepping up to the plate and has announced it will begin increasing starting pay beginning early next year.
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  • White House Wants to Give Unemployed 'Fair Shot' at Finding Jobs

    Even though the economy is slowly recovering from the recession, long-term unemployment remains a problem for many Americans. But the White House has a plan to fix this.
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  • Apple and Facebook to Pay for Female Employees to Freeze Eggs

    One of the biggest draws to working and tech startups is their lucrative benefits, from fully stocked snack rooms to flexible schedules. Many of the tech giants offer even better perks, such as on-site chefs, on-site doggy daycare, and generous stock options (which means that many early employees are doing quite well financially). Now, Facebook and Apple are offering employees a perk that might trump them all: both companies will pay female employees to freeze their eggs.
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  • 3 Ways to Make It Feel Like You're Not Busy (Even When You Are)

    Let’s face it: we’re really busy. Between work, family, networking events, and finding time to eat, it seems like there’s never enough time to actually get anything done. We get stuck thinking about how much there is to do, panicking about deadlines and upcoming dentist appointments to the point that today’s projects just keep getting pushed back until tomorrow. But what if there was a way to actually trick yourself into thinking you weren’t actually that busy?
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  • How Tech Culture Is Forcing Women Out

    It’s no secret that there is a lack of women in tech. Recent data released by companies such as Twitter and Facebook show huge disparity between the number of men and women working for tech companies. While this is obviously a problem in itself, but a larger issue is looming. Women who are working in tech are leaving the industry, and never coming back -- largely because of the culture that the industry has created.
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  • Starting a New Job? Here's How to Get Ready for Your First Day

    Starting a new job can be both scary and exciting. It’s a new chapter in your career and likely a step up in your professional game, opening up new opportunities to grow and challenge yourself. Just like the first day at school, the first day at work can be intimidating, as you get to know a new building, meet new people, and try to find the closest bathroom. While your first day will likely be a plethora of HR paperwork and orientation videos, you’ll still want to put your best foot forward and be prepared for anything. Here are a few tips to avoid jitters on the first day of your new job.
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  • How to Avoid Workplace Conflict

    Almost everyone who has worked in an office has had to interact with that one co-worker or manager who just can’t help but make life difficult. Whether you’re asking for feedback or even just running into them in the break room, there always seems to be some sort of conflict -- even if its just over the coffee creamer. However, avoiding workplace conflict is actually quite simple. Here are a few ways to take a step back and take yourself out of the situation so your 9-to-5 can be much more peaceful -- and perhaps even enjoyable.
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  • The Email Greeting That Won't Get You a Response

    The most important part of an email is arguably the introduction. It not only sets the tone for the rest of your message, but might even decide if the recipient will even read the remainder of your email. While you may think that it's OK to start email with a simple “Hello” or “To Whom It May Concern,” using these salutations may actually be harming your ability to achieve the results you want with electronic communication.
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  • Would You Take a Lower Salary for a Bigger 401(k) Match?

    More than four out of 10 employees (43 percent) say that they would take a lower salary if they were offered a bigger employer contribution to their 401(k) retirement plan, according to a new Fidelity Investments study. Perhaps even more surprisingly, only 13 percent said they'd take a six-figure salary with no 401(k) match from their employer.
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  • Looking for a Job? Here's How to Stand Out From the Crowd

    It’s a bit easier to find available opportunities than it was a few years ago. However, you're still competing against a multitude of other candidates, and even getting an interview can be extremely challenging. How can you be sure to stand out so you can get your foot in the door -- and hopefully land that job of your dreams?
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