Wow, I cannot wait to let every 25-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job.
An innocent LinkedIn invitation request to connect from Diana Mekota got her far more than she bargained for from Kelly Blazek. “We have never met. We have never worked together….your invite to connect is inappropriate..and tacky,” responded Blazek, head of the Cleveland Job Bank, and the IABC Communicator of the Year(!)
[Ed. Note: Be sure to see the heartwarming update at the bottom of this article!]
How it is possible that Blazek didn’t keep in mind that once you press ‘send’, you are the Internet’s bitch, is beyond us, especially following the Justine Sacco fiasco, and of course the very relevant job seeker Dianna Abdala’s email that was smeared across the Internet.
We have never met. We have never worked together. You are quite young and green on how business connections work with senior professionals. Apparently you have heard that I produce a Job Bank, and decided it would be stunningly helpful for your career prospects if I shared my 960+ LinkedIn connections with you – a total stranger who has nothing to offer me.
Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky… Wow, I cannot wait to let every 25-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job. Love the sense of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy denying your invite, and giving you the dreaded ‘I Don’t Know’ (name deleted) because it’s the truth.
Oh, and about your request to actually receive my Job Bank along with the 7,300 other subscribers to my service? That’s denied, too. I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town. Oh wait – there isn’t one.
Don’t ever write me again.
The horribly offending invitation that Mekota had sent?
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My name is Diana Mekota, I currently live in Chicago and am planning on moving back home to Cleveland in the next few months. I was born and raised in Cleveland and am excited to come back, finally. A friend of mine referred me to your Yahoo Group and I requested admission, but was denied.
When I told (name deleted) about this, he told me that contacting you was the best way to gain access to the group. I am currently active in the employment market and have been in Technology Sales for the past 4 years.
What is the best way to gain acceptance into this group, so I can help find a job?
Frankly, we find Mekota adorable, and Blazek, well, abhorable.
UPDATE This just in! Apparently our good friend, Peter Shankman, author, speaker, and generally nice guy, agrees with us, because he reached out to Diana Mekota and invited her to send him his resume!
Shankman, author of, among other things, Nice Companies Finish First and Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts That Work, has had his share of networking when he was “young and green” (now he is a revered and highly sought-after marketing and business expert).
Life is too short not to be a nice guy. – Peter Shankman
Says Shankman of his reaching out to Mekota, “End of the day, you’ve gotta remember where you came from. No matter how successful I become, I will NEVER allow myself to forget that I’m just a scrappy public school kid from Manhattan. I would ask people for things, introductions, advice. Some gave me a shot, and I’m friends with them to this day, and they’re incredibly successful. Some didn’t have the time for me, and I’ve never heard from them again. Life is too short not to be a nice guy. End of story.”
Now that’s class.
As compared to, you know, that other person.
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