LinkedIn E-mail Embarrasses Unemployed Person

A very irate client of mine forwarded me an e-mail that went out from LinkedIn to all of his connections. Maybe some of you have gotten this e-mail? It’s filled with pictures of your LinkedIn connections with random comments posted next to some of the photos. It’s designed to drive you to LinkedIn to see what your connections are up to. One of the comments is, “Check out ___’s new job!” The problem is, my client doesn’t have a new job! In fact, my client joined CareerHMO.com recently because he has been unemployed and feverishly looking for work. So imagine my client’s dismay, frustration, and feelings of humiliation when he had to e-mail each person in the network that forwarded on congratulations about getting a new job to let them know he wasn’t in a new position. He sent the following e-mail to LinkedIn:
Dear LinkedIn, One of my connections sent me this e-mail he had received from you. Many of my other connections received it as well. To be clear, I HAVE NOT FOUND ANOTHER JOB!!! I am still "in between" positions. Many people have been viewing my profile today to see what my new job is. It has been extremely embarrassing ALL day to tell people I still do not have a job. I have NOT updated my profile with a new job at all. Why have you done this to me! Thanks for making me feel worse.
Has this happened to you? How would you handle it? LinkedIn is meant to help people find work, but in this case, I’d say the automated attempt to share info with members backfired. Do you agree?

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

SHOW MORE Show less

There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

SHOW MORE Show less

Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less