Having a personal business card is one of the most underrated tools to have by many career professionals. I’ve attended over a 100 networking events and have met thousands of career professionals. Over 50% of the contacts that I made did not own a personal business card when I met them.
A personal business card not only makes the exchange of contact information easier but it also immediately establishes your brand as a professional. When asked about your profession it is important to deliver your message through more than one mode. You can verbally communicate your profession, but another person would more likely remember and understand you if they were able to feel, see, and keep a personal business card with the same information already printed.
A personal business card also makes it easier for others to pass your information on to someone else who might need it. If you are a job seeker, this is important since 60% of jobs have been landed by a referral.
As a professional you are the chief marketing officer of (Your Name) Inc. It’s your duty to market yourself in the best way possible because no one else can do it better than you.
The following are some key point of information to have on your business card:
- Your Name
- Your Profession or Title
- Your Website(if you don’t have one use your Linkedin address)
- Your Email address
- Your Phone Number (optional)
- Your Social Network address(twitter, linkedin, facebook, etc)
You can order 250 business cards from Staples.com or Vistaprint.com for less than $30.