Hundreds of people contact me every month looking for help, and as the bottom fell out of the job market, their outreach and requests demanded more of my time. I became shortsighted and impatient, and that was wrong. My Job Bank listings were supposed to be about hope, and I failed that. 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.
At least three applicants to the newsletter made the self-described “house mother” of Cleveland’s rejection emails public on the Web. Quite a few critics on Twitter called Blazek’s responses a bad reflection on Cleveland’s professional community. The #KellyBlazek hashtag is a pretty good catalog of that criticism, and there’s even a parody account.
Here’s one example of a response from Blazek—a 2013 International Association of Business Communicators communicator of the year—which was posted to BuzzFeed last week: