Kelly Blazek, the woman who was named “communicator of the year” didn’t live up to that honor when she sent a dismissive and condescending email to a young job seeker. That email reply went viral after the job seeker posted the reply online for everyone to see, according to MSN News on Feb. 28.
Kelly Blazek is the founder of the online Cleveland Job Bank, which she runs for marketing communications professionals. Her award of “communicator of the year” gave her much notoriety in her field. She was bestowed that honor by (IABC), the Cleveland chapter of International Association of Business Communicators, in 2013.
When Blazek accepted that award in December, 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.”
According to Entrepreneur, IABC is getting "its own crash course in disaster PR." As those kind and caring words in Blazek's speech sounded great until she was put to the test and someone reached out to her for some help.
When Diana Mekota reached out to Blazek on the social network LinkedIn, she asked Blazek if she could join the job band listserv. Mekota detailed her qualifications. The “communicator of the year" wrote back a jaw-dropping reply. Blazek wrote:
“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.”
She continued with:
“I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town. Oh wait – there isn’t one.”
Mekota was shocked at this reply from a woman who is considered highly professional in her dealings with others. She decided to share the email online and soon it went viral. Blazek’s apology was issued within hours of the email being posted online. Blazek wrote:
“I am very sorry to the people I have hurt. … The note I sent to Diana was rude, unwelcoming, unprofessional and wrong.”
Apparently Mekota wasn’t the only one that had gotten a rude reply from this “communicator of the year,” as two other people have since come forward to say that they too had similar communications with Blazek.