In most cases, people have business cards to help them connect with new clients or partners.
However, a business card can also be useful when you are looking for a job.
Here’s some advantages of carrying a business card during your job search and a few tips as well.
1)Cards Can Beat Resumes
Resumes may have the benefit of having more information about your skills and experience, but a business card has the advantage of communicating information in an immediate and aesthetically pleasing manner.
Additionally, cards help cut down on the bulk of carrying around a heavy stack of resumes.
Cards can fit basically anywhere, whether it be a pocket, suitcase, or wallet, making it easy for both you, and the people you give them to, to carry around.
2) People Will Remember You
Unless you have a very memorable set of skills, people are more likely to remember your face before they remember your resume, name or background.
A business card makes it easier for people to recall more about you.
To really ensure people remember you, think about possibly placing a small portrait of yourself on your business card.
3) Networking Is Easier
When networking with people, everyone tends to prefer business cards to simple phone numbers.
Also when people give you their card it’s natural for you to hand one over in return.
If you want to ensure you don’t miss out on a potentially stellar connection, you need to have an easy to hand off business card on you at all times.
Types of Business Cards for Job Seekers
Generally speaking, there exist two kinds of business cards you can create: resume cards and personal business cards.
Also referred to as “mini-resume” cards, a resume card functions as a smaller and streamlined version of your regular resume.
For those who worry about cutting their resume down to one page, this proposition can seem like a nightmare.
However, if done correctly, a resume card is a great way to impress future employers.
For a successful resume card, you should include the following:
- Contact Details
- A Photograph
- List of Key Jobs/Education and Key Achievements from Your Current/Past Positions
Easier to carry than a resume, and certainly more visually attractive, a resume card is perfect to give out to individuals you specifically talk about future job positions with.
Personal Business Cards
A personal business card, on the other hand, looks more like a regular business card. It avoids mentioning that you’re looking for the job and also avoids providing details of previous employers.
Overall, this sort of card should simply aspire to represent how you see yourself as a professional.
Here are a few of the key things you could include on a successful personal business card:
- Current Job Title or Profession
- A few words about yourself
- Your Website/LinkedIn Profile/Other Social Network Handles
- A Photograph or Logo
- Contact Details