Saturday, March 1, 2014

Kelly Blazek: 'Communicator of the year' spits out shamefully crass job reply

According to Kelly Blazek’s LinkedIn page, the businesswoman is a “Senior internal communications counselor for a global diversified industrials and mid-size manufacturer.” That’s quite a mouthful; too bad her replies to potential job seekers are not equally articulate.

According to NBC News on Thursday, Blazek is getting some well-deserved criticisms after she used her keyboard to dole out a boorish tongue lashing to a young woman looking to connect with Blazek and her contacts.

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After the 26-year-old requested the “privilege” of connecting to Blazek on the networking site LinkedIn, the Cleveland job bank founder, once honored as “communicator of the year,” blew her out of the water with this:

“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… I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town. Oh wait – there isn’t one.”

Diana Mekota was the so-called offender, and she contacted Blazek, evidently to ask if she could join the job bank listserv, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

After Mekota shared the snarky reply, which promptly went viral, Blazek was forced to issue an apology:

“I am very sorry to the people I have hurt. … The note I sent to Diana was rude, unwelcoming, unprofessional and wrong,” Blazek wrote.

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