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Hello again Eric, just wanted to say again, I really appreciate your insight.

I had more time to think about your response yesterday and I'm starting to fully accept that a career is not a linear path. It is not a clear and paved path, but can be more a winding route of discovery.

I have recently learned that you have a remarkable background leading many extraordinary companies. With that said, I thought you may be one of the best to answer this for me:

In trying to be honest with myself and understanding my own limitations, would you say that it is better to keep sharpening my strengths, or try to improve upon my weaknesses in hopes of getting better with them over time?

Or is it that in being honest with myself, I would discover that some things are not in my 'genetic predisposition' to really excel at certain things (despite my interest in it), and would it best serve my to focus on what I'm good at? Is this where testing and trying new things come into play and how to go about doing so--in my current job or outside of it?

I would love to get more wisdom from you; please feel free to answer when you have the time

Thank you!

If that was an amazing post, your response is topnotch. Thank you so much for that, Chris!

Those are the type of introspective questions that I was seeking. This will help a ton! Plus, your personal anecdote really puts everything into perspective ; it's a story that I haven't experienced but a similar situation that I (and many others of the community) can relate to.

Bravo on your decision, it turned out to be the correct move, by far!

And I gotta say, Huttle is invaluable to myself and everyone else that you reach. I really appreciate what you're doing with this. Here's to your continued growth with this supportive community!

Thank you for your response Jason! Coming from a Director of Talent Acquisition it gives me great perspective of the inner workings of making connections with recruiters!

Can I also ask you, are these messages in reference strictly from LinkedIn alone? And what is the preferred method of being contacted on your end; in other words, does it make a difference trying to connect to recruiters through an email address or directly on LinkedIn (if it even makes a difference)? I usually don't have an email address unless contact information is listed on a job posting, career portal, or LinkedIn.

And how important is the email/LinkedIn subject line in getting the message read? After all, it is the first point of communication when trying to reach out. Should the subject line get straight to the point, or should it be more creative in trying to get read?

I sent thank you emails already, so I will take your advice and hold off on any other messages for now.

Very helpful. I will keep you posted. Thanks!

Thank you for chiming in with this super insightful, real-life example, Michelle! Sorry to hear that your friend is currently in this type of situation. With this post it has solidified my decision even more; I will not apply, trying to chase my dream job through this path.

But I will most certainly use your suggestion of requesting an informational meeting in the future! This will be saved for reference and it will most certainly come in handy when that time comes.

Also, I just read through your post that Chris just linked me to. Superb advice and helpful on so many levels.

Really appreciate the help and insight all-- I'm lovin' huttle!