Networking Cards aka Business Cards for job seekers

Every job seeker needs to have a card they can hand out in case someone wants to get in touch with them. Preferably, you have your “networking cards” if you are actively looking for work (or not). If you are employed, but looking, you may have your cards or a “rubber stamp” with your personal contact info that you can stamp onto any piece of paper, or your interlocutor’s business card if you have both a professional and personal relationship.

“Networking” cards will have your generic function or headline and your personal contact information: Name, email, phone, website, Linkedin profile (minimally). Ideally, you will print your key attributes and Unique Selling Position or Value Proposition somewhere on the front or back of the card, while leaving enough valuable white space that your contact or you can write down relevant information from your conversation.

Several companies offer low cost or free (advertising supported) cards. See Vistaprint or Moo for some popular options. Otherwise, type “business cards” into your favorite search engine.

You may also consider adding a QR code as an image to your networking card (or email signature) that directs to an electronic version (vcard) of your card in your Google Drive or Dropbox so someone can add you to their contacts friction-lessly. (You don’t have to use the tool in the linked article and can create a vcard on a Mac, using Gmail, or Outlook.) If you do this, take advantage of adding a reason to connect to you in the notes along with a URL.

 

 

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