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THE SIXTH RULE

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DIANA MEKOTA WAS LOOKING FOR A JOB IN CLEVELAND.

She graduated in 2009 from John Carroll University, just east of the city. Her neuropsychologist husband, having completed his internship in Rochester, New York, accepted a residency in Cleveland. “We are both thrilled to return home and be close to family,” she told her alma mater in an update it posted online.1

Mekota reached out on LinkedIn to Cleveland’s self-proclaimed “Job Bank Mother,” a woman who on the side kept a list of communications and marketing jobs in northeast Ohio. “I want my subscribers to feel like everyone is my little sister or brother, and I’m looking out for them,” the networker once told a conference.2 Mekota sent a short message describing ...

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