Good afternoon, gentlemen,

 

I just wanted to throw out an idea that some of you may have heard of: Networking cards.

 

Networking cards are like business cards, with your name and contact information along with highlights of your skills and your job objective, as an example, one might read

 

John Wayne

Looking for Employment,

 

000 Pennsylvania Ave,

Washington, D.C. USA

555-555-6969

 

Highlights: EMT-P, CDL, experienced in DeEscalation, genuine cowboy.

 

They really help if you ever meet a big-whig of a company in the course of your workday and want to expand your network of professionals and gain employment in a different field.

 

If you get them on Vistaprint, you also get a fancy business card case with your name on it.

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When I was at job fairs at college I would print up a standard business card with the standard front.  On the back I put the Seals of my Undergrad college and my grad college the skills I was highlighting from each.  When I would meet someone I really wanted an in with I would finish up my conversation by pulling out my "Card" to which the automatic social response is to hand me that person's card.  

I had the person look me up 6 months later asking if I was interested in a job.

The Keys to this "trick" is as follows.

  • No one else has cards, so you are set off.
  • One returns a card given with one's own card if you have it.  You now have their personal work contact info.  Perfect for a follow up letter.
  • You card usually gets placed close to the person, a pocket or wallet.  This means they will see it again and think of you again. 

The key thing would not be to put "Looking for Employment" on the front.  Put what you Do or ARE business wise on the front.  Or what the job is you want.  For me it was my degrees.

They do work but only because most don't have them so you stand out.  

Exactly, you stand out, that's what I like about them.

 

Mine don't say "Looking for Employment" mine have my contact info and the "logo" is a green cross to remind people of Health & Safety, which is what I am studying and the field I am looking to get into...Along with my contact info is the URL to my LinkedIn profile, which lists all of my certifications and job experience. On the rear of the card is a 2013 yearly Calendar, which I think gives people more of a reason to keep the card.

 

Hopefully, soon, I will be able to add Certified First Aid Instructor to the front of the card, but until then, I've got 250 networking cards to give away.

I'd put your certs on the back  Basicly bullet point your resume if this is job networking.  

I actually carry two sets of cards.  Work and social networking.  The work one's are standard work, the social networking is just the contact info.  If I was freelancing it would be 3 sets.  

Two sets are easy to deal with as you just keep 5 of each in your case and the rest in your car.  You simply pull from the top of bottom of the stack so it does not look odd.  They don't know you are selecting which card you (which image) you are presenting.

Great post...networking is the best way to get a job nowadays. David, yours is another great idea to connect with people in the future. I've learned that you can't leave your house without business cards.

In my last semester of my MBA I made networking cards, which I used numerous times at various functions I attended.  I remember one in particular which was when we met prospective employers for internships.  On my cards I had my name, phone, email and brief bullets as well as a personal logo I developed several years prior and a tag-line, which was "I am IT".  I received several compiments including one where the prospective company's rep held up my card during his presentation and said "Now this is one individual who understands about how to advertise himself".

I would leave out the looking for employment, if you can get a fax number and a po box, it is more professional. maybe create a website with your resume and bio on it there are alot of people that do this.

 

I have conventionally heard this called a CONTACT CARD. 

P.S. ensure your contact email is professional and mature, not something like boozehound@whatever.com or bangedyoursister@horndog.com

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