Saturday, July 09, 2011

Matthew Anderson? A Distinguished Professional?

I got the following email the other day.  Just as fast as my self-esteem rose to the ceiling, it came down with a crashing thud after consulting with Google to see if this was legit.  It SO wasn't.  This is what I got:

Dear Matthew,

Recently you were selected as an inductee into the Distinguished Professionals Online Registry Among Executives. This selection was based on our research committees efforts to identify top professionals around the globe.

Unfortunately, we did not receive your vital networking information. In the workplace it isn't what you know, it's who you know and who knows you. Social and business networking is the modern standard in developing relationships throughout the world. The potential for recognition and building networks within a community of 400,000 working professionals in numerous fields on a global scale is unlimited.
Consider this: if you make just one contact using the connections and visibility that Who's Who provides, it will benefit you for a lifetime. As we are trying to build a comprehensive network of business professionals, there is no cost for your inclusion. Please click the link below to fill out your basic listing. Our community needs you as much as you need it.

It is professional, accomplished individuals like yourself that allows us to offer the visibility and advertising potential that we do. Again, we do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website by clicking here.

Our registration deadline for 2011 candidates is June 30th, 2011. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee, I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.

Robert Patterson
Vice President, Research Division

What a let down.  Immediately I wanted to be a "Who's Who" and "distinguished professional.  I guess I'll have to be content with being an average schlub again, and wishing I looked half as good as Don Draper.

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