I first signed up for LinkedIn on 12 June 2007. It was later that year that I made a major career change. And it wouldn’t have been as easy to do without LinkedIn. At the time, I was the internal communications manager for Rolls-Royce. I loved internal communications then and still do today. But I was ready for a change. I left and joined up with a technology company and haven’t looked back since.
There’s a big difference between merely having a LinkedIn account (most professionals do) and taking advantage of LinkedIn as an the amazing social network that it has become. Looking at the main social networks that I use—LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—LinkedIn is the one that I wish was around at the start of my career.
If you’re looking to make a career change for whatever reason, LinkedIn can be a tremendous asset and ally for you. Here’s how.