Ask Jack: Social Media Privacy, Face Time, and Job of the Week

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AOL Jobs reader Julie has been looking for work, and she says...

Companies want to view my Instagram and Twitter pages. Those sites are personal, not my professional persona, and I don't want to provide the information. Should I just give up and not apply for the job then?

Wait, how did you find this website? I had it set to "private"! The truth is, for the apps you mentioned, the default setting is "public." So they might be looking at your accounts whether or not you willingly provide the information. It's easily fixed, though: On Twitter, you can protect your Tweets. On Instagram, you can set your posts to Private.

There have been countless articles over the years telling young people to "clean up" their social media accounts -- or at least adjust the privacy settings -- before they apply for school or look for work. And yet, people keep publicly shooting themselves in the foot. Always, always be aware and be smart about what you're sharing. Now, I can think of many creative and research jobs where it really benefits you to have public accounts that display your talents. Then, just do the weird stuff behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, let's face it, Donald is frustrated....

I work in the marketing department of a midsize company and I can NEVER get any face time with my boss. She is always, always in meetings. I need her approval on projects and sometimes it takes me days to get it. Plus, I don't know, I just want to be "seen," you know? What can I do.

Face Time, that's that iPhone thing, right? Oh wait, you are talking about actual face-to-face human contact -- what a quaint, old-fashioned concept! Good bosses already know the importance of face time, to show direct reports that they are appreciated and that their input is valued. Bad bosses think they have to keep justifying their salary, so they act like they're incredibly busy.

So what can you do? Suggest a very short (5-10 minutes) weekly status-update meeting. Personally, I'm against regularly scheduled meetings -- they're a time-killer -- but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. If it can't happen, send concise update e-mails to your boss: Here are projects I've completed. Here's what I'm currently working on. Here are items we need your approval on. (This doubles as a paper trail for your performance appraisals.) Be proactive: Ask the boss how you can work together to make the approval process more efficient. Acknowledge her hectic schedule, and explain that you want to help out. If all else fails, instead of face time, put your face down... on the desk and take a nap. The day will be over soon.

Last week's Ask Jack questions

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Jack's Job of the Week

Hey Julie, just give in to the beast and become a Social Media Marketing Strategist in Kansas City, Missouri! You'll work on campaigns involving Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and more. In fact, to warm up for this job application, practice on the handy social-media buttons to the left to share this column! After you're clicked them all, do your own search on AOL Jobs. You'll "like" what you find!

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