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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
  • Why Millennials Shouldn't 'Do What They Love'

    These days, it seems like the most popular career advice -- especially for the younger generation -- is not to just find a job. Instead, everyone from thought leaders to popular bloggers are advising recent college graduates to ditch the traditional hunt for high-paying dream occupations (such as doctor and lawyer) and instead “do what you love.”
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  • How to Run Your Meetings Like Google

    Meetings are the last thing anyone wants to see on their calendar. They slow down productivity and can interfere with trying to tie up loose ends on projects. Some days, it seems like meetings will never end, and for some people, they don’t. In fact, it’s not uncommon for professionals to be forced to set aside actual work until they get home in the evenings because their days are clogged with meetings. So what's the solution?
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  • Is Facebook Really Better Than LinkedIn for Job Seekers?

    Most people who utilize social media to look for a new job immediately turn to LinkedIn, which has developed a reputation for being the largest professional social network. It’s the go-to destination to connect with recruiters, stay in touch with people you meet at networking events, and discover new opportunities. However, as Facebook is actually the largest social network, period, could it be that Facebook is the better place to look for a new job?
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  • The Impossible Dream: How You Can Return From Vacation to an Empty Inbox

    Taking a vacation is supposed to mean taking a break from work. It’s the reason why email auto-responders exist; so you can enjoy a Mai Tai on the beach with your toes in the sand without worrying about what “emergency” is happening in the office. Of course, many of us just can’t resist the impulse to check email while we're away. Messages pile up, making that first day back at the office just short of a nightmare.
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  • How to Use LinkedIn's New Apps to Find a Job

    LinkedIn is one of the largest social networks on the web, and has emerged as one of the most important tools for job seekers. However, in our increasingly mobile world, it's important to always stay connected -- even when you’re looking for your next career move. To help job seekers find, make, and keep the connections they need, LinkedIn has introduced a suite of new mobile apps, each designed with a different purpose, depending on where you are in your career.
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  • How Reduce the Number of Emails in Your Inbox

    For the past few years, just about the only thing you hear about email is that everyone seems to want less of it. Long gone are the exciting days of AOL and hearing “You’ve got mail!” Now, opening your email in the morning -- especially if it's a Monday morning, and you're on the west coast -- is a terrifying experience. How are we supposed to get any work done when we keep having to respond to emails, which only creates more emails to respond to?
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  • Looking For a New Job? Here's Why You Should Have a Personal Website

    If you’re looking for a new job, you’ve likely revamped your resume, carefully crafted your cover letter, and cleaned up your social media profiles. However, if you think that’s all it takes to land your dream job in today’s 2.0 world, think again. While a resume and cover letter can likely still get your foot in the door, you may also want to consider building a personal website to showcase your portfolio and work samples.
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  • How to Explain Why You Were Fired

    “You’re fired" is the last phrase anyone wants to hear from their boss. Losing your job can be a huge blow to your ego, your bank account, and potentially your career. However, finding another job after being fired isn’t impossible. In fact, it may end up being a blessing in disguise, enabling you to find a company that's more in sync with your goals.
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  • Christina Hendricks Makes a Plea for Equal Pay With PSA

    You may know Christina Hendricks best from her role as Joan Holloway in Mad Men. There, she drinks liquor for lunch, types up notes using -- what else? -- a typewriter, and keeps the younger ladies in the office in line. After all, it’s the 1960s -- what else is she to do?
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  • How to Impress Co-workers When You're the Youngest Person in the Office

    As thousands of college graduates begin their first jobs this summer and fall, many will find that, for the first time, they are the youngest in the room. It can be an extremely uncomfortable situation; there are office politics to balance, challenging work assignments, and, in some cases, resistance to technology that you have grown up with.
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