How NOT to respond to a LinkedIn invite
We all have bad days. What’s important is recognizing when we’re having one so we can step back and take a deep breath before we do something we regret. Especially when it involves reacting or responding to others via email or social media. There’s no shortage of stupidity when it comes to folks who just don’t think before posting to social media.
I recently came across this article written about a 26-year old jobseeker who used LinkedIn to reach out to a marketing executive who runs a job board and calls herself “a passionate advocate for jobseekers.” According to the article, the jobseeker included her credentials in her LI invite and asked for access to the job board.
Here was the marketing executive’s response to the jobseeker’s LI invitation:
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.
Your 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.
Oh, 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.”
Shocked by this response, the jobseeker shared it on her social media channels and I’m sure you can guess the outcome from here. This resulted in the executive issuing an apology to the jobseeker. But it’s a bit too late now isn’t it? The executive has since scrubbed all of her social media accounts.
This marketing executive was named 2013′s ‘Communicator of the Year’ by Cleveland’s branch of the International Association of Business Communicators. Folks are now calling out the Association demanding that they rescind the award labeling her arrogant and a bully.
Speaking of LinkedIn, this poor gal who shares the same name as the marketing executive has had to change her LinkedIn headline. I’d hate to think of the emails she was receiving.
We all have hot buttons and apparently this jobseeker pressed the marketing executive’s buttons on this particular day. But it still doesn’t warrant such an ugly response. For whatever reason if she didn’t want to give the jobseeker access to the job bank, she should have just ignored and deleted the invite. The energy she put into that response is going to haunt her for a long time.
What are your thoughts?