Whether you are attending a job fair, a career networking event or meeting a contact one-on-one, it's a good idea to have a job search focused business card, so it's easy for people you meet to follow up with you.
What to Include on Your Business Card
Today's job seekers have the opportunity to present more than just the basic contact information traditionally included with business cards. Of course, your name, job title, employer, cell phone number and email address should be included. If you use a two-sided card, you will be able to include additional information and avoid cluttering the front of the card.
Be Sure to Include Links
Incorporating the address of your profile provides the opportunity to showcase additional accomplishments and recommendations. A link to a business-oriented personal website can also be used to convey professional information.
For many career fields, a link to a portfolio site can be an effective way to showcase designs, writing or other projects which will prove to prospective employers that you have the right stuff for your target job.
Consider Adding a Tag Line
Some job seekers include a tagline on the second side of their card like "A technology consultant with a cutting-edge grasp of networking strategies and a proven record of completing projects on time and within budget." Others will use the back side of the card to list three to five key skills or knowledge assets which they offer to employers.
Leave Plenty of White Space
However, it's important not to clutter your card and to leave plenty of white space, so it's easy to read. Think about what information will present your candidacy most effectively before you start designing a business card.
QR Codes on Business Cards
You can also include a QR code which can be scanned by a smartphone and is linked to a website URL so the viewer can get more information.
Where to Get Business Cards
There are plenty of low-cost, and even free, options for getting business cards printed. Google "free business cards" for a list of companies that will give you free cards, but be aware there may be a fee for shipping and for add-ons.
You can also find free templates online. Another option is retail stores like Staples where you can get help with the design as well as printing.