|Special Edition: ||July 7, 2008|
|Networking Business Cards: |
An Essential Job-Search Tool
What should every job seeker know? The value of a strong and flawless resume and the power of networking in finding a new job. When you're job-hunting, take your resume with you wherever you go and use it at every opportunity to grow and strengthen your network of contacts.
But what do
you do in situations where passing out a handful of resumes is not feasible? Try using networking business cards instead.
Why Networking Business Cards?
If you are serious about finding a job, then you already know the importance of networking and marketing yourself. Networking business cards, which have the look and feel of a traditional business card, give you the opportunity to provide critical career and contact information with people you meet in social and professional situations.
But if you're a typical job seeker, you don't have any
business cards, and if you're a career changer you probably don't want to use the business cards from your current job. So it makes sense to get networking cards printed.
Designing and Printing Networking Cards
Networking cards are the same size and shape of business cards, contain key contact information like business cards, but
instead of listing a company and job title, a networking card focuses on your job objective or unique selling proposition.
Be sure to include all your pertinent contact information, including your name, phone number, email address, postal mail address and Web site address, cell phone and fax numbers.
Keep your networking business
cards clean and crisp and bring them EVERYWHERE you go -- to networking events (obviously), career and job fairs, professional meetings, social gatherings, parties, weddings, and anywhere else you may run into potential contacts, so in a nutshell...everywhere. You should keep copies of your resume handy as well, but there are obviously numerous
times where a resume would simply be too awkward to handle.
Remember that networking business cards should not replace your resume -- you should still try to have your resume handy -- but in situations where a resume is not feasible, these cards are a great self-marketing job-search and networking tool. Always carry a stash of your
networking cards; you simply never know when you're going to meet someone who may be able to help you in your job search.
Business Card Printing Details
So, how do you go about getting networking cards printed? It's EASY!
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