Kelly Blazek, creator of a Cleveland online job bank for communication professionals, is facing heat for her own communication skills with job seekers trying to join her email bank.
Blazek founded the Cleveland Job Bank, a go-to site for job seekers in the communication and marketing fields in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Blazek
has said that the job bank has some 7,300 members.
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Diana Mekota, a graduate of Cleveland's John Carroll University, said she emailed Blazek about joining her job bank group because she had planned to move back to Cleveland this summer from Rochester, N.Y.
Blazek responded with a lengthy, scathing rejection email, Mekota told the Plain Dealer, which she posted on her Imgur.com account.
"We have never met. We have never worked together," Blazek wrote. "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."
Blazek ends the email with: "Don't ever write me again."
"I posted it to Reddit, Imgur and Facebook," Mekota told the Plain Dealer on Tuesday, asking them to "please help call this lady out. From there it was linked to Buzzfeed. I also sent this email to (radio station) WMMS and it was picked up on Rover's Morning Glory Monday morning. I was on the air to discuss."
Mekota's public airing of Blazek's response led to others to tell their stories about their condescending interactions with the job bank head. Rick Uldricks told the Plain Dealer
he received a rude rejection from Blazek as well, after he tried to join the job bank to help a friend who recently lost her job in the industry.
Blazek, who was named 2013 Communicator of the Year by the Cleveland Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, sent out apologies via email.
"I am very sorry to the people I have hurt," Blazek said in response. "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."
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