26-year-old job seeker gets harsh LinkedIn message
Posted by David
Kelly Blazek, who runs the Cleveland Job Bank, has come under intense criticism for sending a hateful e-mail to 26-year-old job seeker Diana Mekota in response to Mekota’s request to connect with her on LinkedIn:
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Blazek’s e-mail to Mekota is filled with stunningly inappropriate remarks, such as “Wow, I cannot wait to let every 26 year old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job” and “I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town. Oh wait — there isn’t one.”
After e-mailing Blazek and receiving no response, Mekota placed Blazek’s harsh e-mail on Imgur, Reddit, and Facebook, where it became viral and launched an avalanche of criticism against Blazek, who took down her Twitter account and deleted parts of her blog and LinkedIn account.
I do believe that Blazek has the right to be upset about a job seeker wanting instant access to a professional network that took her years of hard work to build. But how she expressed that frustration was spiteful, condescending, and totally unprofessional.
In an earlier post, I mentioned how important it is to be careful of how you conduct yourself online. Private messages are only meant to be viewed by the sender and the recipient, but that doesn’t stop the recipient from putting those messages on public sites for the rest of the world to view.
So it’s crucial for job seekers and established professionals to conduct themselves properly online, even in messages that are intended to be private. It takes years of hard work to establish a professional reputation but only one ill-advised e-mail or social media post to unravel it.