Topic: General Posts

Subject: Business Cards
David Wilson
Member: 2011
Posts:1
Submitted on 11-12-11 2:52 pm
Message:
I recently began a job search. I understand the importance of having business cards to network. Can anyone recommend an article on do's and don'ts for business cards. Should they stay basic with name, address, phone and emial? or should they include CPA license number, logo from organizations that your are members of, etc.
 
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Jim Fuller
Member: 2011
Posts: 3

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 11-13-11 3:46 pm.
Message:
This is just my opinion, but the business card is your advertisement. Give as much information as you can while still keeping it clean and slick. So for me basic information, state CPA but don't give license number. If you are in LinkedIn provide the link so they can review your resume. Professional organization logos are okay if there is room.
 
Dan Wallace
Member: 2009
Posts: 70

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 11-13-11 4:50 pm.
Message:
I recently "attended" a personal branding webinar that reinforced that job seekers have to differentiate themselves from other potential candidates. One of the approaches that was recommended was to do away with the business card. (You've seen one, you've seen them all.)

The presenter recommended a baseball-type promotional card that tells a story about you and your capabilities in lieu of a standard business card - it's a cool icebreaker and conversation starter. An example may be found at www.meet-meme.com. Of course, you can prepare one on your own without the website's help.

With respect to your specific question, besides the normal contact information consider using the reverse side to list your top capabilities/expertise.

All the best,

Dan Wallace
FENG Orlando, FL Chapter
PO Box 940308, Maitland, FL 32794
407-644-6717
dwallace@digital.net
 
Rich Lepik
Member: 2003
Posts: 1

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 11-15-11 8:06 am.
Message:
For a source, try Vista when procuring cards. There are promotions for free bus card and other business related supplies. My personal advise - keep the card professional and simple.
 
Tom Carlson
Member: 2010
Posts: 4

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 11-16-11 11:04 am.
Message:
David,
Vista is a good, very inexpensive option. I've "redone" mine a few times to improve it.
I suggest you stay away from glossy particularly on the back. Many use it to as a place to write down information like where someone met you, a couple of bullets on experience, industry, etc. Also make sure your information is readable. Too small too bad.
 
Kirk Otis
Member: 2003
Posts: 4

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 11-23-11 8:56 am.
Message:
It seems to be standard practice to be minimalist on the personal business card. I would suggest no address, which may preclude you being considered for a role in a location more than 30 miles away. You don't want anyone to decide whether a location is good for you, you want to make that decision. On my card I have some skills/roles down one side... In my case... Corporate Development, Strategy Development, Business Planning, Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures etc.

The purpose of the card really isn't to get someone to call you unless there was a plan to do so when you met the contact. The purpose is to hand it to the person you met so that they will hand you there information, then it is up to you to follow up with a phone call/email and potentially send your bio.

Most business cards get placed in a stack, never to be looked at again. So it is critical that you follow up, making it easy for the other person to remember who you were if something you may be interested in passes their desk.
 
Dave Goldin
Member: 2003
Posts: 31

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 12-05-11 10:14 pm.
Message:
FedEx Kinkos has very reasonable prices for standard business cards. Mine is pretty much name, rank, and serial number. Usually I am going to have a conversation with someone before I hand my card out so therefore they will already know what I do and the card is more of a way for them to have my contact information than anything else.
 
Steve Ring
Member: 2010
Posts: 2

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 12-09-11 4:16 pm.
Message:
I used FedEx Office for mine as well, they seemed to do a good job, but they produce them centrally and mail them. Also I used a photo of me rather than a logo. You can meet alot of people at networking events adn the photo is another tool to help you be remembered.
 
Joe Chivini
Member: 2011
Posts: 2

Subject: Re:Business Cards

Submitted on 01-09-12 2:31 pm.
Message:
I have used www.gotprint.com and www.printpellican.com - you can usually print 1000 cards for less than $30. They also have tools to create your cards online.

When it comes to design, I have found that the cleanest design is the best. Contact information is usually what people are looking for on a card - IMO don't make it look like you work at the circus.

Best of luck!
 
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