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April 10th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

Sheryl Sandberg on how graduates can 'Lean In,' privacy at Facebook, and women in government

CNN) – It’s graduation season, and as fresh faced young women are about to launch their careers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wants them to “Lean In.”

The Silicon Valley executive is out with an updated version of her book, “Lean In: For Graduates.”

“The most common question people have is how? You know, how do I lean in? How do I find a first job? How do I negotiate for myself, especially if I'm a woman? How do I figure out what I want to do? And this new book tries to answer those questions with very specific advice,” says Sandberg.

In a chapter on how to find a job, for example, a career consultant advises job seekers to send out typo-free résumés; and when interviewing, don't just talk about why the job is good for you, talk about why the job is good for the person hiring you.

“That's the kind of advice that can get you hired into any kind of job,” says Sandberg.

Watch: Sheryl Sandberg's road to success

The book also gives women “concrete advice,” says Sandberg, on how to negotiate for higher salaries.

“Use words like "we," not "I." Explain how, when you're asking for compensation, it won't just benefit you, it will benefit the company you're working for,” said Sandberg.

The country is once again debating the gender pay gap, with President Barack Obama signing two executive actions Tuesday aimed at strengthening existing equal pay laws.

“Women get paid less going right into the workforce from the very beginning. And when men negotiate for themselves, everyone accepts it. They should. But women can pay a penalty or face a backlash for negotiating for themselves,” says Sandberg.

“We have a long way to go to get women into an even playing field,” she says.

We’ll argue for a more equal world “until we get there”

The original “Lean In” book was both praised and criticized.

“The heated debate is really important because what we don't need, and what we have to fight against, is the complacency of where we are. If we're going to get to a better world – and a more equal world I think would be a better world – we're probably going to argue it out until we get there,” says Sandberg.

Over the past few months, the Facebook executive launched another mission with the Girl Scouts, to ban the word bossy, recruiting some famous supporters –singer Beyoncé, actress Jane Lynch, among others – for the campaign.

“By junior high, more boys than girls want to lead, a trend that continues into adulthood. And when you ask why, it's because girls don't want to be disliked or called bossy,” said Sandberg.

While some are advocating women reclaim the word, to own it, Sandberg says that option is not available to young girls, who “at the age of six, don't really have the luxury of reclaiming a word.”

“It’s incumbent upon all of us to stop discouraging our daughters to lead, and start encouraging them. Because that encouragement for leadership needs to start young, and get … all the way through our industries and our government,” says Sandberg.

A run for office?

Sandberg’s career appears ripe for public office – she attended Harvard, worked for former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, then went on to Google, and now Facebook.

“I have no plans to run for office. I really love working at Facebook. I love the job I do. And I love that I get to spend my personal time on ‘Lean In,’” says Sandberg.

But Sandberg does say the number of women in government is a reflection of "complacency," and not setting high enough standards.

"In the last Senate election, women won 20% of the seats. And all the headlines kept saying 'women take over the Senate.' Twenty percent of the seats for 50 percent of the population is not a takeover, it's a problem!" says Sandberg.

On surveillance: Every user of any technology service has the "right to have their privacy"

The Obama administration has faced a lot of criticism for the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance programs. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has spoken with the President about it, and about its transparency, or lack thereof.

But many argue corporate America, including companies such as Facebook, has a lot of data on Americans, too.

“Privacy is a cornerstone of our business at Facebook, because users have to trust us to share their data through our service. Control is the most important thing,” says Sandberg. “It's your data to do what you want with it.”

“Every user of our service and any other technology service has the right to have their privacy, has a right to have control of their data and has a right to the security of that data, whether it be from our government or any other.

“And we are asking the U.S. government to do more to make sure Americans know that they stand behind that promise,” says Sandberg.

Watch more of our interview here, or by clicking on the video below.

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