A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Business Cards for a New Graduate
Dear Sue: I am graduating from college in May and am looking
for a job in PR. Someone suggested I make business cards to hand out. I
am wondering if this is a good idea and if so, if I should use a
business card in place of resume or along with it.
I am not sure what to put on the card. Do I put my interest/type of
job I am looking for on it? And, because I am not sure where I will be
living after I graduate, I am wondering if I need to include an address
on the card.
Sue Says: A business card is a wonderful idea. You can use the
card in addition to your resume, but will find it especially useful to
hand it out before it has been determined if giving someone a resume is
necessary or appropriate. A card can be a great networking tool, which
will make it easier for people to remember you, help you, and pass your
name on to others.
You donít need to include a street address, but you might consider
including the city and state or region you are in. Knowing what part of
the country you are in can be beneficial for those setting up interviews
or looking for someone in a particular area.
Include your name, email address and phone number; chances are if
someone is interested in talking with you that they will pick up the
phone to call or send you an email.
Do what you can to convey what you offer, and to answer the question,
"Why should I be interested in contacting you?" The card is a temporary
tool to aid you during your job search--and most people will understand
that. You are one step ahead of your competition by having the card, so
if I were you I would design it the way you want and include the
information you think is most important to communicate who you are.
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
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101 Tips for Graduates and
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