As the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. One item that will make you memorable but may cost you a nominal amount is having a business card prepared for your job search. Are business cards really necessary in this information age? You better believe they are! There is simply no substitute for getting out there and networking during your job search.
Professional recruiters highly recommend creating your own business cards. There are online services that provide easy to use templates from which you can choose – ranging from wild and colorful to simple and sophisticated. Pick the template you prefer type in your information, preview your new card and order it. It’s that easy. Your cards are delivered in a few days.
Make sure your business cards include all of your current contact information, phone numbers and email. If you have a permanent address, include it. If you’re not sure where you’ll be living, consider including the city and state or region you are in. Knowing what part of the country you are in can be beneficial for someone setting up interviews or looking to fill a position in a particular area.
Most importantly, make sure you carry them with you at ALL times! You never know who you might meet and where you might meet them. Always collect the business cards of the people you meet and get their contact information too — make a note on the back to remind you about your conversation.
Having a business card sets you apart as a professional whether you own a business or not. In presenting multi contact options on your business card, you increase the convenience for hiring companies to get a hold of you. Make sure everything including your contact information is accurate on your business card. Never hand out old cards & keep your information updated.
You may be surprised when you get to your job interview. Panel interviews with more than one interviewer are becoming more and more common. If you always carry a stack of your business cards with you, you’ll be able to hand out a card to each interviewer. This is likely to make a positive impression
Creating a business card is a wonderful (and inexpensive) way to promote yourself and help others to remember you. A card is easy to carry with you and can be a great networking tool, making it easy for people to remember you, help you, and pass your name on to others. Never underestimate the value of a business card!
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