Job Bank Manager Apologizes for Viral Rejection Emails

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The backlash has been brutal for a woman who runs a Yahoo! group for job seekers in Northeast Ohio.

Kelly Blazek sent an email that went viral, and now she’s issuing an apology.

“I never received an email like that from anyone, and it really made me mad,” said Rick Uldricks.

Uldricks recently asked for permission to access the Cleveland Job Bank with thousands of members after learning he was suddenly kicked out.

He got a response from Blazek that reads, in part: “People are removed from my list for spamming me, for annoying me (you're doing a great job), and perhaps you were removed on purpose…I suggest you sign up for the other job bank in town. Oh, guess what -- there isn't one. Done with this conversation, and you.”

**Read a full email from Blazek to Uldricks at the bottom of this page**

Uldricks isn’t the only one with a similar email from Blazek. It was revealed this week that a woman trying to move home to Cleveland from the Rochester area got a similar response when she asked for access to the group.

Blazek wrote her, in part: “Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky…I love the sense of entitlement in your generation…Don’t ever write me again.”

“It’s unfortunate, it’s bad,” said Uldricks. “Obviously, Cleveland wants to retain young talent and attract young talent, and this doesn’t help.”

The online response has been overwhelmingly negative toward Blazek, who never responded to FOX 8 News.

She has deleted several online accounts and in her apology to Uldricks, she wrote: “I sincerely apologize for the harsh words and unprofessional, unwarranted actions in my response to you. I should have lent a hand, as well as hope, and I failed at that. You and many others, both strangers and colleagues, have reminded me that my personal journey in humility and gentleness is far from complete. I wish you all the best in your job search.”

Uldricks, who is on Twitter as @rickuldricks and @lkwdcitizen, accepted the apology and along with the emailer from Chicago, they’re both ready to move forward.

Blazek was even honored as the 2013 Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators in Cleveland. In a statement to FOX 8 News, a spokeswoman said Blazek was not a member of the group and only received the honor.

According to the spokeswoman, “the board of IABC Cleveland is aware of the situation and reviewing it.”



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    Interesting, but I don’t see why this is news. There has to be another side to this story. Bad case of a young person not getting what they want, and instead of falling to the floor and pounding, they run to social media because they can’t handle rejection. Good grief move on kid.

  • Bianca Bradley

    Actually good job for the kid. The person who ran this, got very negative attn, and is reminded that being a petty dictator is not a great idea. Since this isn’t the first person to run into the problem from her, someone should start another yahoo group. She might find, that being more civil to be beneficial.

  • Danielle

    This is ridiculous!!! She is apologizing for hurting his feelings. Yes her words were blunt but she did absolutely nothing wrong based on this email. I would like to see the other ones. It would appear that he couldnt handle rejection.

    • Jason Nehal

      You don’t have to be “wrong” or do something “wrong” to understand the need to apologize. You need to be something I think this woman has completely lost touch with to her discredit: empathy. Power corrupts and this woman has some. Being within your rights is an opportunity, not a license.

  • ok.....

    You know she couldve just sent it spam and not said anything at all.She went out of her way to be nasty and its not an isolated incident she does it alot .

  • Joe Code stud

    Don’t let PMS dictate your work etiquette. She’s a registered Democrat and participated in fund raisers for Obama.

  • Wow

    For those who thought the young man deserved that nasty reply, think how this looks as a “supposedly” business professional sending off this very UNPROFESSIONAL response. Tell me, do you think you would want to do business with someone that has the demeanor of Ms. Blazek? What if she was your cashier at the grocery store or your waitress in a restaurant? Would you get in her line again or go back to that restaurant?

  • Sgt. Roy.

    Why is it news? Why don’t you check out what she had to say about the troops, police and fire fighters. She said those people are lucky to have civil service jobs or they would be molesting kids in the park. So I guess by siding with her you are against the troops and therefore support attacks against the USA. Maybe you should be scrutinized more closely.

  • Randa

    One can only hope this woman gets a healthy dose of Karma and is the one out looking for a Job..

    How Hateful can you be? WOW!!!

    PLEASE OH PLEASE let me find her email address.. She thinks she can talk to people any old kind of way she wants… Lets see how she likes it!!!

  • Mark Silvia

    I wouldn’t waste my time with this yahoo group, given this lady’s self absorbed attitude and arrogance . There are a myriad of yahoo groups, as well as google groups and professional websites such as LinkedIn and to chose from.

  • Mtnsmith

    Blazek made two fatal errors that a true professional knows to avoid: 1) she got too big for her britches, and 2) she put the snark in writing. Sorry, chickie, you’ve earned everything you’re getting.

  • Tom Kemp

    Wow… surprised to see Mr. Uldricks on TV. Someone ask him what happens when you put silverware into microwaves for 10minutes and run out of the break room.

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