Job list manager’s harsh emails go public; she apologizes

Kelly Blazek, one of the International Association of Business Communicators’ communicators of the year last year, pulled no punches with people seeking to join her Cleveland-area job list.

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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:

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