We simply have to address the LinkedIn post that went viral as Kelly Blazek, a Cleveland job bank operator, was called out for being inappropriate and rude. A subtext to this is what we found today on LinkedIn.
Out of curiosity we attempted to view Blazek’s LinkedIn profile which was not on the site as of this afternoon. We weren’t able to find it but we noticed another person with the same name and a unique listing for her job title: “Please note that I am not the same Kelly Blazek in the news who ran the Cleveland Job Bank.”
Ah, the power of social media.By now you may have heard about 26 year-old Diana Mekota’s attempt to connect via LinkedIn with the “communicator of the year” in Cleveland.
Mekota contacted the job bank operator on February 19 to outline her education, professional and volunteer activities by asking to join the member jobs list of 7,300 people. Blazek blasted the job seeker:
“I love the sense of entitlement in your generation. You’re welcome for your humility lesson for the year. Don’t ever reach out to senior practitioners again and assume their carefully curated list of connections is available to you, just because you want to build your network.”
She ended the scathing reply: “Don’t ever write me again.” Although she was certainly called out by Mekota once the job seeker posted the full response online, an apology was too little too late.
Blazek ended up apologizing with this note to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. We should also point out her WordPress blog, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts are currently nowhere to be found.
“I am very sorry to the people I have hurt. Creating and updating the Cleveland Job Bank listings has been my hobby for more than ten years. It started as a labor of love for the marketing industry, but somehow it also became a labor, and I vented my frustrations on the very people I set out to help.”
“I’ve always been a passionate advocate for keeping talent in NE Ohio, and we have so much of it in the region,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I want my subscribers to feel like everyone is my little sister or brother, and I’m looking out for them.”
Um, we’re not exactly buying it.