Job or Not, Get a Business Card

You don't need a job to have a personal business card. In fact, having a business card is a key tool to have in your toolbox when you're on the job hunt.

As you venture from networking group to networking group, or in case of an unexpected meeting with a potential contact, it's important to have a card with all of your information that you can quickly dispense. Additionally, a personal business card conveys a sense of professionalism that will set you apart from other recent college graduates.

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With a business card, you are making it easy for your contacts to:

  1. Remember you
  2. Take you seriously

Be sure to include your name, e-mail, phone number, professional website link and an indication of the job you are seeking. For instance, if you just graduated college with a broadcast journalism degree, you likely had hands-on experience as a student-professional in your field. As an example, I was a daily reporter and editor for WRHU, Radio Hofstra University.

Therefore, don't be intimidated to place on your business card...

Matt Brooks – Reporter,

Jess Chang – Editor, or

Meg Young – Print Journalist

Business cards are a relatively cheap investment that can pay off BIG TIME in the end.

Next: Dos and Don'ts of Handling Business Cards

Lauren Brookmeyer

Lauren Brookmeyer


Lauren Brookmeyer is a communications director for a New York State Senator.  During her recent college career, she has been recognized nationally for both her producing and reporting. Like many members of the Millennial Generation, Brookmeyer is working her very hardest to remain competitive in a tough economic climate. Graduating college a semester early with a journalism background, she worked a few months for a major news network in Manhattan. However, upon quickly discovering that the news world was simply not the right fit, Brookmeyer revamped her resume, coupled her experience in communications with her passion for politics, and transitioned into her current position. She will be offering up personal advice on how to hunt for a job and how to be successful once you land that job. 

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John Walker

a good thing also to do is either laminate the card or get the peel back refrigerator magnets to mount them on. I increased my call backs by 5 to 1 with the magnets!

May 25 2010 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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