Impending TV station has ideal job for social-media newshound with no life

NBC Boston, the still not-quite-baked Channel 7 killer, is looking for a full-time social-media editor who is as adept at the AP Styleguide and breaking news as he or she is at Facebook and Snapchat. The successful candidate will also agree to commit to giving up any semblance of a life outside of work, specifically, "Must have ability to work any of a 24x7 shift" and "Must be available to work weekends and extended daily hours when needed."

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So, my aunt Sarah then

Always online, doesn't matter the time of day, posting an endless stream of rage, cat pictures, paranoia and easily debunked Obama-is-satan stories.

AKA a Trump voter.

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Sign me up!

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When do I start?!

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"Must have ability to work any of a 24x7 shift"

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So, does that mean they will pay people 24 x 7 hours? Or will they give them a salary and say, "Yeah, don't do anything in your personal lives in case you have to 'jump' on command?"

I have a hunch it's the latter.

The things employers will ask to save the money of paying someone for all the time they're actually working...

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On-call time

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Being available to send out a tweet at odd hours probably isn't compensable as working time, if the job is non-exempt.

"An employee who is required to remain on call on the employer's premises is working while
'on call.' An employee who is required to remain on call at home, or who is allowed to leave a message where he/she can be reached, is not working (in most cases) while on call."

https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs22.pdf

If it's an exempt position, then it doesn't matter, your salary covers all time worked or on-call.

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I think that

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also depends on the nature of the job.

At my work, we have managers who are "on call" outside of their standard business hours and must be available to come in any time the facility is open. This means, essentially, they have to stay within a certain distance of the facility, in case there is an emergency or a subordinate no-shows for their shift.

I was working at one such facility in Boston (Fenway/South End) and the on-call pressure was so strong that I got chewed out because one of my staff no-showed at shift change and I had the audacity to be showering and blowdrying my hair because I was about to head into work. God forbid you take the T to visit friends in Watertown, or Newton, or catch a ride out to Concord to go pumpkin picking on your day off. No drinks with dinner, because someone might call you in and the place doesn't close until 10 on Fridays. Three-day weekend? Can't go out of town without setting up a second-in-command vacation plan, you're supposed to be "on call." Work needs to know where you are, at all times, and you have to be able to drop everything and come in half an hour or else.

These managers are salaried, too, but the on-call restrictions are onerous.

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It's sad how "on call" is abused by employers

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Many don't pay for being on call. It's "included" in your wages. You might not be called, but as you say, your life is severely constrained during the time you are on call. Then when you come in on Monday they ask, "Did you have a nice weekend?"

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Indeed it is

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Alas, aside from the social-media-specific stuff, it sounds exactly like my first full-time reporting job, and I don't feel like taking that kind of pay cut.

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Journalistic freedom.

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That hire won't have complete freedom. Better to compile writings already out there available for a wide range of views.

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Additionally

Must work for slightly above minimum wage. No benefits, but we'll order pizza for the mandatory all-staff meeting coincidentally scheduled on your first day off in weeks.

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LOL

NOPE. -A guy with an MS in corporate comm, specialization in social media.

Whenever I see jobs like this posted, I actually laugh out loud. I'd love to meet the person who has the skill and experience requirements that would take this, unless their back is against a wall, or the $$$ is damn good.

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Important Qualification

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Is this the job where you have to monitor Twitter for people who are trapped in fires and hostage situations and Tweet crap like "Hope you survive! please grant my station rights to use your picture for eternity, please follow me so you can DM me an exclusive interview"

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