What are they?
Business cards are a networking must have, but what do you do if you do not have business cards? Use a networking card.
Networking cards are similar to a business cards, and can be an effective way to provide people with important information about you.
Networking cards give you the opportunity to provide your contact information and a brief description of your expertise and key accomplishments, so that your networking contacts can connect with you at a later date.
A networking card is not only for professional occupations. For example, If you work outdoors in construction or are networking on a job site, a networking card is easier for an employer to take than a resume.
Creating Networking Cards
Your networking card could include the following:
- Your first and last name
- Contact information: telephone number, email, LinkedIn URL, website address
- The type of work you are seeking; field and/or position
- A short description of your experience, expertise or accomplishments.
Printing Networking Cards
- Print your cards in black ink on plain white card stock paper
- Use a font type that is easy to read, and a font size 10 or larger
- Layout your card so it looks uncluttered and easy to read
- Proofread to ensure there are no typos or errors
- Use the reverse side of your card to include a more detailed summary of skills
- Business card kits can be purchased at your local office supple store; you can make your own cards using Microsoft Word and a good quality printer
- You can have your cards professionally printed by a local office supply store
Using your Networking Cards
Exchange your cards openly – you never know who will be a useful connection in your job search. When exchanging you card, hand it to the person face up with your name facing the person.
Networking Card Maintenance
- Never scratch out old information. If you need to update you contact information, it is time to print new cards
- Always have a supply of cards on hand
- Have your cards easily accessible so you do not have to search for them
- Keep your cards in a protective case to ensure they are crisp and clean