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LinkedIn rejection letter: Hiring executive blasts job seeker

A LinkedIn rejection letter has shaken up social media after a 26-year-old jobseeker was terribly condemned by a hiring executive.

Diana Mekota is planning to relocate to Ohio this summer and she emailed Kelly Blazek -- operator of a well-known online job bank for marketing professionals in Cleveland, CNN reported Feb. 28.

The answer Mekota got from Blazek was repulsive -- and she posted it to her Imgur account. Since then it has made the rounds all over social media and has gone viral.

"Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky," Blazek wrote back to Mekota in her LinkedIn rejection letter. "Wow, I cannot wait to let every 26-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job."

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."

Blazek ended with ordering Mekota not to "ever" write her again.

Mekota sent her original email Feb. 19. She highlighted her educational and professional background.

The jobseeker wrote this to Blazek after receiving her incredibly rude response:

"I realize you told me to never write you again, but wanted to reach out as there has been a large miscommunication and I merely wanted to explain myself.

"I apologize if this came off as arrogant or invasive as that was never my intention. was again, hoping to join your very impressive job board but I understand you(r) reservations."

According to CNN, after the LinkedIn rejection letter went viral, Blazek emailed an apology to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. She told CNN that she had apologized to "everyone."

"I am very sorry to the people I have hurt," she wrote in her email apology. "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."

As hard as it is to believe, Kelly Blazek was named "Communicator of the Year" in 2013 by Cleveland's branch of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Blazek deleted her Twitter account and blog Thursday after the letter hit news.

Blazek wrote an apology email to Diana Mekota...calling her conduct "rude, unwelcoming, unprofessional and wrong." She added that "Diana and her generation are the future of this city. I wish her all the best in landing a job in this great town."

Mekota confirmed that she did receive the apology and thanked Blazek for it.

The LinkedIn rejection letter was absolutely uncalled for. Who knows why she felt she had to generate such a hostile letter. Hopefully she learned from this detrimental mistake.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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