Kelly Blazek Rejection Letter Goes Viral, Turns Tables on Cleveland Job Guru

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Kelly Blazek, a Cleveland-based PR executive and authority on local communications jobs listings, was undone by the same thing that built her up:

Social media.

Kelly Blazek Letter

With her ego boosted by the position she cultivated via LinkedIn and other networks, she soon became an Internet villain at the hands of someone she shunned.

The irony.

Blazek, for a little more back story, produced and distributed a popular email that culled job openings from online job sites and from her own contacts.

She worked for 10 years building her contacts and selecting the list of people who receive the email, limiting recipients largely to those with experience.

Blazek also promoted herself and the email list on social media networking sites, such as LinkedIn, where she was connected to nearly 1,000 people she knows.

She's good at what she does, and she knows it.

Eventually, that inflated sense of self-importance would come back to bite her as she bought into her own hype more than and service she was providing.

She bragged in speeches that she had 7,300 people on her list, building a reputation so revered that many young people felt they HAD to reach out to her.

But when many newbies asked for help, she turned them down. That wasn't the problem or newsworthy ... it was the brutal way Blazek rejected them.

Blazek got noticed on the web after sending a nasty response to Diana Mekota, a John Carroll University graduate moving back to the Cleveland area.

Mekota asked if she could join Blazek's LinkedIn network and receive the job listings email she held so dear. Here's how Blazek responded in an email:

@CarlyCrunkBear
Carly "@CarlyCrunkBear" McKinney, whose handle says it all really, was a 10th grade math teacher who often posted images like this on Twitter. Her employers were not happy and placed her on administrative leave. Her students thought she was pretty awesome, and protested to get her back. To no avail. She was fired in the end.

"We have never met. We have never worked together. 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."

To "a total stranger who has nothing to offer me"? Not happening. "Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky," the email continued.

"Wow, I cannot wait to let every 25-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job. Love the sense of entitlement in your generation."

"And therefore I enjoy denying your invite, and giving you the dreaded 'I Don't Know' [scribbled-out name] because it's the truth," she added, pouring it on.

"Oh, and about your request to actually receive my Job Bank along with the 7,300 other subscribers? That's denied, too. I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town."

"Oh wait - there isn't one."

In response, Mekota did what many millennials do: She turned to the Internet for catharsis, posting Blazek's response on reddit, imgur and on Facebook.

The rest is history.

The letter went viral, of course, because people can relate to the plight of Mekota and others like her, and Blazek's email is so absurd it had to be shared.

People on Reddit rally behind those like Mekota who get kicked when they're down, and revel in the change to expose the Blazeks who have lost touch with reality.

To her credit, she got the message, issuing an apology Tuesday that is contrite and pitch perfect. The most telling line of a seemingly sincere mea culpa:

"In my harsh reply notes, I lost my perspective about how to help, and I also lost sight of kindness, which is why I started the Job Bank listings in the first place."

Lesson learned?

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Wow, what a total B!

Emy-pron

my roomate's sister-in-law earned $14851 last month. she is getting paid on the laptop and moved in a $499100 house. All she did was get blessed and put to work the clues exposed on this web site -------------- WWW.DITJOBS.COM

Joe-bialek

In a word: Despicable. Ms. Blazek is obviously a "1% wannabe" who is using
her self-proclaimed "hobby" and "fame" to advance her own career goals at
the expense of those who contacted her for help. The responses in her
emails begs the question: are all the applicants she disapproved of
now blackballed from seeking employment with the companies she appears to
represent {as some sort of half-baked recruiter}? Perhaps the Ohio Civil
Rights Commission should investigate whether or not any wrong doing has
taken place. Also, what forms of compensation have been received by Ms.
Blazek during her self-described passion for altruistic job placement? Does
anyone really believe she does all this out of the "kindness" of her heart?
No I think we witnessed first hand the true character behind the benign mask
of Ms. Blazek. What part of her email responses falls under the category
of bullying? Accordingly, Ms. Blazek must be stripped of her 2013
Communicator of the Year Award and release the names and email addresses of
all contacts she has harvested during this pursuit of self aggrandizement.
Ms. Blazek has bragged about having 7,300 email addresses {of who is still
unknown}. Let me say as a social activist I have many many more {but that
includes worldwide email addresses as well}. Finally I have not had to use
a resume for a job application in the last 18 years because I read the book
"What Color is Your Parachute?" and built my own "who-you-know network".
It's really not that difficult. Furthermore I'll give a referral to anyone
who asks and certainly not expect anything in return. Ms. Blazek, if you
really want to help people {find a job} it has to start without expecting
any more than a sincere thank you. In the best sense of the cliché charity
does in fact provide it's own rewards. I suggest you start with the people
you rejected as a penance for the sins you have committed. Perhaps if you
begin your "comeback" by helping them the community may be more apt to
accept your apology and forgive you as well. Therein lie the lesson. Now
get busy.

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I find it difficult to believe she is genuinely remorseful. If you're just overwhelmed with the barrage of requests coming in, esp those she felt didn't meet her high standards, just ignore them. Quick, easy. However, she took the time and energy to write, hate filled, condescending replies to strangers. She did it bc she ENJOYED it. She's just angry and mean.

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I want to have sympathy for Blazek because she's right when it comes to millennials: they do come with a big sense of entitlement. I'm sure it's frustrating to receive your 10th, 20th, or 500th barely-literate request for assistance from some fresh college grad who majored in Art History and minored in Beer Pong and expects you to find them a high paying career. I get that, but even with me being predispositioned to support her side she was so nasty and so arrogant that I find myself completely disgusted by her. Maybe I'm not seeing it, but it seems to me that all she's done is created a big social circle. Has she ever actually accomplished anything other than marketing chatter? For someone who claims to be so professional, what is with the gaudy necklace, cleavage, and huge earrings? Is this how she gets men in her social group?

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@ Steve

"I want to have sympathy for Blazek because she's right when it comes to millennials: they do come with a big sense of entitlement" Do you know how sick we are of hearing this tired, false trope? Get off your high horse prick.

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...........this letter was just 'Made Up'.

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Very sad

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It is sad that this person passes as professional in Ohio. I was smart enough to have a clause in my policy and procedure manual that says a person can be fired for causing any embarrassment to my company. Apparently the Gemba Communications, LLC where Ms Blazek works is not at bright.

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Wow what a total bitch! There is just no excuse for such meanness.

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