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Nasty response to a job-seeker goes viral for Cleveland marketing pro

Kelly Blazek runs a 7,300-member online job bank

She called 26-year-old Diana Mekota's request to join "tacky"

On Thursday, Blazek had deleted her blog, Twitter account and apologized

CNN —  

When you’re a city’s “Communicator of the Year” and have hailed yourself as a “passionate advocate” for job-seekers, you probably ought not blast one of those job-seekers in a snide, dismissive e-mail.

Because the Internet hates that sort of thing.

But that’s what’s happened to Kelly Blazek, who runs a popular online job bank for marketing professionals in Cleveland.

Blazek’s response to an e-mail and LinkedIn request from Diana Mekota, a 26-year-old planning to move to Cleveland this summer, has made the rounds on Reddit, Buzzfeed and other viral hotspots after Mekota posted it to her Imgur account.

And the resulting backlash is yet another cautionary tale about how posting something mean-spirited online can come back to haunt you in the social media age.

“Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky,” Blazek wrote, according to Mekota’s post. “Wow, I cannot wait to let every 26-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job.”

And she was just getting warmed up.

“I love the sense of entitlement in your generation,” she wrote, then continued. “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.”

She wrapped up with: “Don’t ever write me again.”

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Mekota’s original e-mail, sent February 19, was a short message detailing her education, professional and volunteer activities and asking to join the 7,300-member jobs list. She said she got Blazek’s response shortly afterward and, after composing herself, wrote a 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,” she wrote.

She said she sent a LinkedIn request so Blazek could see her credentials because a friend told her not to send a resume.

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

After the posts went viral (spawning, for one, the obligatory Twitter parody account), Blazek on Wednesday e-mailed an apology to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

She repeated the statement in an email response to CNN, saying she has apologized to “everyone involved.”

“I am very sorry to the people I have hurt,” she wrote. “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 fru