Alternatively you can hang on to simple morals: be nice to people as you go up (and stay at the top), they will be nice to you as you come down.
Mekota said this is how Blazek
responded to her request to connect on LinkedIn:
“We have never met. We have never
worked together. You are quite young and green on how business connections work
with senior professionals. 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.
invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky,” the email continued. “Wow, I cannot
wait to let every 25-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections
to help them land a job. Love the sense
of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy denying your
invite, and giving you the dreaded ‘I Don’t Know’ [scribbled-out name] because
it’s the truth.
and about your request to actually receive my Job Bank along with the 7,300
other subscribers to my service? That’s denied, too. I suggest you join the
other Job Bank in town. Oh wait – there isn’t one.” The email ends with
“Don’t ever write me again.”
Blazek, a self-described “Job Bank Mother” was named “2013 Communicator of the Year” by the Cleveland Chapter of the the International Association of Business Communicators for her work
compiling job openings in the marketing, public relations, digital
communications, media, journalism, graphics, and nonprofit management
positions throughout Northeast Ohio.
Hours after the emails went viral via Twitter shares, Facebook posts and
emails, Blazek issued her own statement saying: “I am very sorry to the
people I have hurt.”