Weekend Open Thread

March 1, 2014

Have you heard about the Linked In/Millennials kerfuffle?

So this 26-year-old woman tries to connect on Linked In with a woman who maintains a jobs board in the Cleveland area. Here is the response she receives:

“Apparently you have heard that I produce a Job Bank, and decided it would be stunningly helpful for your career prospects if I shared my 960+ LinkedIn connections with you—a total stranger who has nothing to offer me,” Blazek wrote to John Carroll University graduate Diana Mekota. “Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky.

“Love the sense of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy denying your invite. … 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.”

The last line? “Don’t ever write me again.”

What the what?! And two other people have come forward with very similar emails from this woman, so you can’t even chalk it up to a bad day. This is her M.O.

I think back to how I got my reporting job at the Sacramento Bee: a cold email to the executive editor. He was one of very few Latinos to reach such a position at a major daily newspaper, with decades of experience under his belt. I imagine he had dozens of journalists beating down his door, looking for a job.

He wrote me back. He gave me a chance.

I can’t imagine treating someone the way this “Jobs Bank mother” treated this job seeker. And all over a request to connect on Linked In?! Jeez, way to take yourself WAY too seriously.

Have you ever encountered people like this woman? On the flip side, who were the people who helped you up the ladder?

What else is on your mind this weekend? Chat away!