CLEVELAND - Someone looking for help in landing a job received a response from a Cleveland marketing professional on LinkedIn that many are saying was very "unprofessional."
The woman who wrote the scathing response runs a job bank with over 7300 subscribers. But since this dust-up, her Twitter account and LinkedIn have been deactivated and she is not responding to this controversy.
This is part of her response to the LinkedIn request. it reads: "Your invite to connect is inappropriate…beneficial only to you and tacky. Wow I cannot wait to let every 26 year old jobseeker mine my top tier marketing connections to help them land a job."
The woman goes on to write: "I love the sense of entitlement in your generation and therefore I enjoy denying your invite."
At the end, the LinkedIn message says "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. Don't ever write me again."
Pretty tough stuff. It's a cautionary tale that there are consequences to every action on social media.
KARE's sister station WKYC in Cleveland reached out to a social media expert, Stefanie Moore, Assistant Professor at Kent State. Moore says first employers and hiring professionals should post policy of who they accept invitations from. Also LinkedIn requests should be customized. Don't send out mass connection requests (make it personal).