What you need to know about Business Cards

These are pretty much the coolest business cards I’ve ever seen. I got a Klout perk for some for free and checked out their site. If you’re a creative person (Graphic Design, Fashion, Photography, Modeling, Accessories Maker, Musician) I’d HIGHLY recommend these. They have plenty designs to choose from, or you can upload your own art. The cool thing about Moo.com is that each card can be customized to say a different thing. The only things is with the perk you have to have Klout on the front 😦

These are some what my practice card until I perfect what I should have on them for the long haul.

Check out my favorites below

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You can also check out Vistaprint for some free cards or the career center at your college. The Career Management Center at Texas Tech offers business cards for a low cost.

When designing my card I started to wonder what makes a good creative business card? What should I have on it? QR code? A photo? I stumbled upon this article What College Students Should Have on Business Cards.

What to Include 

Contact information should be the main focus on college students’ business cards and should include: name, phone number and e-mail address .

“If you want, you can include ‘NYU class of 2011’, or you can include what field you’re in, such as ‘marketing professional’,” says Pollak.

Tony Conrad, founder of About.me, points out that if you have a URL that recruiters might be interested in (such as a professional blog, or personal Web site) you can include a QR code.

“The fact that you have [a QR code] and understand it and that you’re using emerging technology, that shows that you’re ambitious enough to seek out something new and implement it to your benefit,” he says. “It means they can contact you for your specific talents and start the conversation already knowing some of your background.”

Creativity

Depending on the field (especially in graphic design, architecture, art, etc.), experts encourage students to get creative with their cards.

Conrad advises students include an aesthetically-pleasing image that makes a statement rather than going for shock value.

“Well-shot photography and clean typography has been a winning strategy in advertising for more than a century,” he says. “If you think of yourself as a luxury brand, present yourself as a luxury brand.”

I also read this article on Forbes.com

Make Your Business Card Stand Out

Don Crowther thinks you should put your picture on your business card. Not only that, but he wants you to include a mini-résumé, your Twitter handle and some sort of special offer that entices each recipient to get in touch.

Check out both of these articles and get yourself a deck of business cards!

 

**Update**

My Business cards are here! If you sign up with About.me you can also get some free business cards!

Business Cards

Networking for Dummies!

t’s that dreaded time to get a recommendation letter and other than your Mom, best friend, and co worker from high school you’re drawing a blank. I personally hate asking for reference letters, but they are essential and a must have. In person I don’t mind talking to people, but I dread drudging up people from my past to beg them for a letter. So how do you build your networking circle? Here are 5 easy steps that might help you out.

  1. Linkedin
    If you have one already change your password, after that start looking for colleagues, fellow classmates, and former bosses. They also have a feature where someone can recommend you which is great so you don’t have to make a billion copies of one letter, or encase an email in amour.
    Now a lot of people say ” I have a facebook, a twitter, a blog why do I want linkedin?” Recruiters might do a bit of research on you before they hire you I know before I started my first day of work the HR recruiter actually looked and added me on Linkedin. This is a great to put your professional presence out into the real world. I’d rather have employers looking at my Linkedin profile at relevant info than my Facebook.
  2. Facebook
    I’m not necessarily a fan of adding employers on facebook, but your current colleauges in school are a great idea. This can keep you connected with the campus or area and when people graduate it gives you an informal way to keep us with people who might enter a field you want to break into.
  3. Mingling
    Good ole fashion hob-knobbing with people. Don’t be shy go out and talk to some people. Even those gnarly professors who seem to be delivered from Hades often have a much more inviting personality in their office away from the Lecture Hall. Going to someone’s office to talk can say a lot more than a quick 2 liner email.  In this day and age people spend most of their time tweeting and texting about where they are than talking to the people who are there. (GUILTY) Staring at your phone can get people to remember you for the WRONG reasons. You don’t want to be the stand offish person in the corner.  Also, don’t stay glued to your friend.You are not Siamese Twins. Branch out! Sometimes standing around with your friends joking can alienate others from speaking to you. Use open body language.
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  4. Happy Hours A lot of organization and company’s go out for lunches, dinners and happy hours as a group. While your initial thought might be “I already have to see these people all day why should I spend MORE time with them?” This is an informal setting to relax and really get to know the interesting facts about people. It’s a great way to stand out from everyone else who is in a cubicle or classroom from 9-5
  5. Tweet!
    Tweet out to professors, follow companies you work for or want to work for. I’ve actually had people in interview say “Oh I remember your tweet”. You’d be surprised how happy it makes people that you saw and followed what they said. I usually don’t follow people I don’t know, but every now again one of your friends followers has some relevant info on their account and might tweet out some opportunities for you.

The best time to do it is while you’re still there because once you switch jobs, graduate,people change numbers, get married, retire, etc then you have out dated contact info, so get out there and work work