Add This Guy to the Recruiter Wall of Shame

Usually when a recruiter contacts someone via LinkedIn, it’s because s/he saw something of interest on that person’s profile. Then there’s THIS GUY that apparently liked what he saw enough to plagiarize it. definition


   [pley-juh-riz-uhm, -jee-uh-riz-]  Show IPA



an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting theoriginal author

Sequence of events:

I received an email about a search (LinkedIn connection invitation format) from the following person, a recruiter.

As I typically do prior to responding to any message, I clicked on the profile of the sender to gather some information.

Imagine my reaction (it went something like this @#$%^&!!!!!) when I immediately recognized a specific segment of that guy’s summary section as MY OWN WORDS from my profile.

That’s right. Words that I placed together to form a phrase, sentence or statement on MY very own LinkedIn profile summary section about MY very own professional situation actually appeared VERBATIM on that person’s profile.

Now, you may be thinking: how do you know those are YOUR words, Kelly…?

Well, you see, having written, edited, tweaked, fine-tuned and modified my LI profile umpteen times over the years, I am quite familiar with exactly how I worded certain (all) sections. (Doing all that wordsmithing might seem anal-retentive to the average person, but that's how I roll, yo). 

Not only that, but the segment in question refers to a rather unique aspect of my work life, not one commonly found in others. And, even if someone else did have a similar “story” it would be highly coincidental that s/he would depict it the same way, using the SAME EXACT WORDS that I chose.

And, as I’ve been told many times, my writing style and tone tends to have a certain distinct zing to it. Probably because it comes from MY head through MY fingers to MY keyboard to the eventual end location on a page or screen.

See for yourself. Other person’s profile

My profile 

You may notice that the segment in question flows with the remainder of my summary. And, if the rest of my profile was shown here, you’d notice that it illustrates that particular part of my background in the context of my career in general.

However on the other profile, this phrase is just placed without any logical correlation to that person’s information listed under the employment portion of the profile.

So what’s the big deal, Kelly? (You might be wondering…)

While it could probably be argued that LinkedIn profiles (being publicly available) are not necessarily intellectual property of the profile subject or writer, they most certainly are reflective of that person’s description of her/himself professionally. That being the case, there is an implied expectation that what goes on each person's profile is his/her information, not up for grabs for anyone else to duplicate on his/her profile. 

Especially if it's part of our professional identity or occupation, most of us take pride in our own original creative, written, artistic or any other tangible work products. Thus, being that ORIGINAL writing is a huge part of my work, I consider my LinkedIn profile an example of that concept. 

Unlike this guy, it would never occur to me to scrape someone else’s professional description or other content and use it as my own. More importantly, I would absolutely, positively, never-ever work with a recruiter or anyone else known to do such things. 

Not only does this guy come across as sleazy, unprofessional and unethical, he ranks up there on the branding #FAIL list for contacting the very same person he decided to plagiarize. 


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Comment by Tim Spagnola on August 1, 2014 at 8:08am

I have posted this in the past..............

I <3 Kelly! - Brilliant post.

Comment by John Turnberg on August 1, 2014 at 8:55am

Perhaps he did not copy it from your Linkedin Profile.

Mary also has it on her's:

Normally when I have seen this, it is on a fake profile.

Comment by John Turnberg on August 1, 2014 at 8:59am

he grabbed the next portion of his profile here:

Comment by Derdiver on August 1, 2014 at 2:25pm

 I would call him a tool but those are useful. What a wonderful addition to our profession, SMDH.

Comment by Kelly Blokdijk on August 1, 2014 at 7:04pm

Good catch, @John T - I guess Mary liked even MORE of it than David did since she copied a bigger chunk of text.

The rest of the content in that profile above seemed odd to me too (like cut & pasted out of some other context - perhaps a job posting). I guess you dug up the source and reason for that. SHEESH!!! 

It's just lovely to have these special people in the HR/recruiting industry isn't it?

There were some interesting comments about this on the Recruiters Online Facebook page too

Have a great weekend, all! 

Comment by Kelly Blokdijk on August 1, 2014 at 9:17pm

So THIS GAL needs to be endorsed for her cut & paste skills too. But, wait, there's more!!! Little Miss Mary doubled down & plagiarized my stuff on BOTH of her LI profiles (the twofer troll that stole) and in more than one section, of course.

Here's one example (with some bonus typos - because clearly that's how she rolls, yo!)

-- (Thanks to John for pointing this out above plus noticing the other plagiarized profile from the first db example). 

Comment by Pete Radloff on August 2, 2014 at 10:39am

Well, maybe there's a side business for you in writing LinkedIn profiles. You seem to have what everyone wants :)

Comment by Steve Levy on August 3, 2014 at 3:57pm

You're all from California. Just sayin...

Maybe I'll just give him one of my patented Levy phone calls.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on August 3, 2014 at 4:35pm
Kelly, maybe you should run your whole profile through one of the plagiarism checkers to see how many admirers you really have. It's fun to do with resumes. You find resume writers who put the same things in multiple resumes.
Comment by Derdiver on August 3, 2014 at 4:39pm
Levy, if you do that PLEASE record and share with the group!


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