August 11, 2010

What To Put on A Business Card

If you've ever been to a networking event you know the power of a business card. But as an intern, student, or new grad you probably don't have one yourself. Here's some thoughts on whether or not you need them, if it will seem pretentious, what to include, and where to get them.

Purpose
Many professionals have told me they don't usually keep cards from students. This may be discouraging, but really all it means is that it is your job to get their contact info and having your own business card will help you do just that. So, ultimately, the main goal of a business card is a tool for networking.

Copy
Be sure to include your contact info, that's probably pretty obvious. But what do you put where most would put a title and company? It is generally pretty unanimous that students should not put a dream job title or any other descriptive title that is not actually a job they have. Otherwise, what you put is really up to you, but you are probably better off just being honest. If you include that you are a student you can include the degree you're working and the year you will earn it. You may also wish to include a website.

Check out Part 2 for more advice and ideas
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