A Cleveland woman has apologized after her scathing e-mail to a bright-eyed job seeker who dared to contact her on LinkedIn went viral.
Kelly Blazek, who runs a job bank and calls herself a “passionate advocate” for people looking for work, went to town on 26-year-old Diana Mekota who attempted to subscribe to her job-listings email and connect with her on LinkedIn, CNN reports.
“Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky,” Blazek wrote, “Wow, I cannot wait to let every 26-year old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job.”
“I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town,” she wrote to the young woman who was just moving to Cleveland. “Oh wait– there isn’t one.”
She ended with a graceful, “you’re welcome for your humility lesson of the year,” before signing off “don’t ever contact me again.”
You can read the full letter here.
Madeleine Albright once said there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women, and in Blazek’s case, hell is social media. Mekota posted the letter online, and it quickly went viral, prompting Blazek to make a public apology to the Cleveland Plain Dealer as well as a personal apology to Mekota Tuesday.
Correction 6:21 PM ET: An earlier version of this story referenced Cincinnati; the correct city should be Cleveland.