What to Include on Your Business Card
Today's job seekers have the opportunity to present more than just the basic contact information traditionally included with business cards. Of course, your name, job title, employer, cell phone number and email address should be included. If you use a two-sided card, you will be able to include additional information and avoid cluttering the front of the card.
Incorporating the address of your LinkedIn Profile provides the opportunity to showcase additional accomplishments and recommendations. A link to a business oriented personal website can also be used to convey professional information.
For many career fields, a link to a portfolio site can be an effective way to showcase designs, writing or other projects which will prove to prospective employers that you have the right stuff for your target job.
You can also include a QR code which can be scanned by a smartphone and is linked to a website URL so the viewer can get more information.
Some job seekers include a tagline on the second side of their card like "A technology consultant with a cutting-edge grasp of networking strategies and a proven record of completing projects on time and within budget." Others will use the back side of the card to list three to five key skills or knowledge assets which they offer to employers.
However, it's important not to clutter your card and to leave plenty of white space so it's easy to read. Think about what information will present your candidacy most effectively before you start designing a business card.
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