Response to LinkedIn connection request goes viral

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKYC) -- Someone looking for a job received a response from a Cleveland professional that many are saying was very "unprofessional" on LinkedIn.

The woman runs a job bank with more than 7,300 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: 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.

She goes on to say: I love the sense of entitlement in your generation and therefore I enjoy denying your invite.

At the end it 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.

It's a cautionary tale that there are consequences to every action on social media. Social media expert and Assistant Professor at Kent State Stefanie Moore says employers and hiring professionals should post a policy of who they accept invitations from. She adds, LinkedIn requests should be customized and personal. Don't send out mass connection requests.


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