If you are looking for jobs, or in some cases for more jobs, it is possible that you already have your trusty resumes ready. Your resumes might be well-written, but what use does it have if you cannot bring it everywhere you go?
In this case, you can try using business cards to create contacts anywhere. It is helpful because it allows you to put your name, industry, company name or specialization, phone number and email in a format that can easily be placed in a wallet or a pocket.
Using Business Card Printing for Networking Opportunities
For New College Graduates. Don’t throw your resumes away, that is until you have nailed that dream job. Networking business cards are just additional weapons to your job-hunting battle. In the arena of thousands of fresh graduates struggling to get the same job, how many have their own business cards already? Not much, really.
To create your networking business card, make sure to include: your name, phone number and email. Then here’s the fun part: include a summary line that will tell the recipient just what you are good at and what you can do for them. Design your card as conservative as possible especially if you are aspiring to become part of the corporate world. If you are vying for a creative position though, it is alright to brag about your talent. Feel free to display your visual skills here.
Tap your prospects’ interest by giving out these business cards in any “unexpected” event where carrying your resumes/CV is not possible. Do not hand them out on their own while applying for a job, though. You would still want future employers to get a more complete material about you.
For Freelancers. If you have your own business or if you do freelancing, then this is a must have. If you want people to know that you offer different and relevant services, this will work best for you! Instead of having separate business cards for different job titles, why not put everything on one card? If say you can do several things like illustration, animation, caricature, coloring and a little of programming, list I here. You will even impress the recipient with all these things that you can do.
For Job Shifters. There is no way that you are using your old company business card, right? Then create your own personal, networking business card. This will be a very good way of getting new contacts, or even a new employer. Give it out during events and conferences, and be generous. Give out two per person and ask to be referred to a friend who might need your service.
It is also a must have for anyone who already have a day job yet seeks for smaller, freelancing jobs. It actually works well since you can place anything and everything that you can do for a future client, without your day job’s company name and logo. It’s all you. You get to decide what you want to put there and how you would want to sell yourself.
Last Word of Advice. Like your resume, write your business card well. Plan on how the layout will be. Design it well and accordingly. Let the experts print it for you. Compromising quality does not promise a ring back from any future employer. To get the good impression you seek, make sure that it is printed on a hard enough card stock with high quality printing. Lastly, make sure to keep them as pristine and presentable as you have received them from the printers. Buy a business card case, or perhaps make one yourself. Employers and clients are impressed if they are presented with professional looking business card printing, after all.