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Business cards are the #1 must have accessory while networking with professionals. Why? It gives current employers the opportunity to contact interested candidates for further information and most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to make a lasting impression. There are so many different designs for business cards. Some important tips to keep in mind are to make sure it best represents your personality, has your current contact info like name, email address, number, any other social media accounts (LinkedIn, Blog site, Twitter, etc.) and specific field of interest. Now, deciding your designs can be very overwhelming.
Here are some examples of business cards:
When collecting the other person’s card, it is always good to take notes on the back of the card and follow up with a personal email, “It was great meeting you at (describe event) and I really enjoyed discussing (whatever the conversation was about so they remember who you are and it shows you payed attention) and I look forward to hearing more or working on this project (whatever your interested goal or outcome to have).” It is best to send an email within the 24hr timeline to show gratitude towards meeting the other person. The exchanging between business cards has limitless possibilities to make a new friend, gather more information, having stronger connections or new career opportunities. The key thing to remember is keeping it simple, focusing on relevant contact info, the visual presence and making it professional. Business cards can be made at any office retail store with all kinds of templates and other card examples. For example, FedEx Office & Print Center, VistaPrint online or other office supplies stores.