Business Cards During a Job Search – Introduction

Having a business card during a job search is a necessity.  Circumstances will present themselves where providing a resume is awkward or inappropriate. Getting a business card should be toward the top of your job search to-do list.

There are four different approaches to the standard three-and-a-half inch by two-inch business card for a job search: traditional business cards, networking business cards, resume business cards, and infographic business cards.

To determine the best business card approach for your needs, consider this key factor: Which would be best received by a networking contact or the hiring executive for your level of position?

It’s easy to get sidetracked when creating business cards, especially networking, resume, and infographic versions.  Resist that urge. Don’t overanalyze. Once you choose one of these types, just remember: the messaging behind your brand and elevator speech, and the information on your card, must match.

A solid case can be made for getting two sets of cards to use in different settings: traditional for truly social events, and a networking or resume card for job networking events.

In this multi-part posting, we will briefly discuss each kind of job search business card. Let’s start with the traditional business card.

Traditional Business Cards

This business card is simple in design. It contains only your name, city of residence, (street address is optional), telephone number(s), email address, and LinkedIn profile address. It is used for information exchange purposes only. 

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