Soon-to-Be Ex-Zynga Employee Receives Gutsy Email
You're fired! You're hired!
That's the life of a gamer these days.
On Tuesday the tech world learned that Zynga had laid off five percent of its full-time workforce and had plans to scale back on its Austin, Texas studio as it looked to cut costs.
The news traveled quickly on Wednesday to the offices of Blizzard Entertainment, a developer and publisher of entertainment software, which, apparently, is looking to hire.
A photo of an email from a "talent sourcer at Blizzard Entertainment" went viral when a soon-to-be-ex-Zynga employee was messaged on LinkedIn, "Sorry to hear about Zynga, Blizzard Entertainment is hiring."
The gutsy message continued, "I wanted to reach out and do what I could do to help our fellow gaming industry brethren. Blizzard Entertainment is hiring for over 100 positions right now and we respect the high level of talent coming from your company."
The email wrapped up with a link to job openings at the gaming company and asked the eventual job seeker to share the news with ex-Zynga employees.
The semi-blurred photo was viewed more than one million times in 24 hours and received over 3,500 votes and comments on Reddit, a social news website.
One commenter responded, "Blizzard recruiters send this out to nearly every employee of every company that is experiencing layoffs... I work in the industry and got the exact message a couple months ago."
It was best summed up by Reddit user MDef255: "I can't tell if this is really cool of them to do, or absolutely the worst thing ever."
CNBC.com took this exact question to LinkedIn: Is this form of communication clever and encouraged or should companies use a "waiting period" before reaching out?
As a business-oriented social networking site, LinkedIn tells CNBC.com that it is all for this form of communication.
"In a challenging economy, losing a job can happen unexpectedly and it can happen regardless of how secure you think your job might be," wrote Krista Canfield, a senior manager in LinkedIn's Corporate Communications department. "We're always happy to hear when people find another opportunity so quickly via LinkedIn."
How can you protect yourself from an unforeseen pink slip?
"Your network can act like a career safety net. It may be easier for you to uncover your next job if you've already built out your network, listed your skills and completely built out your LinkedIn Profile," Canfield said.
For starters, you may want to add a profile picture to your personal LinkedIn page. Why? It will make "your profile seven times more likely to be viewed," wrote Canfield.
Click here to beef up your own LinkedIn account. You never really know when you'll need it most.
Do you find Blizzard Entertainment's message to be acceptable? Let us know in the comment section.
— Written by CNBC's Eli Langer. Follow him on Twitter at @EliLanger.