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» Business and Networking Cards

The currency of meetings and networking events

If you are in transition, it is absolutely critical that you have networking cards to use during your job search.

Even if you are not actively seeking new employment, it is always a good idea to have networking cards on-hand that reflect your personal brand beyond your current employer.

Business Cards

Business cards are usually given to you by your current employer to showcase their personal brand as well as your current position and contact information.  You'll bring these with you to meetings and conferences, for example, to keep in touch with people you meet.  It's a good habit to collect other people's business cards as well so you can follow up with them via e-mail or LinkedIn!

Networking cards

Networking cards are used as a way to reflect your personal brand and professional goals if you are currently in the job search. It is helpful to have a networking card for both formal and informal networking settings; you never know who you're going to meet and where!

Your personal networking card should be a reflection of your personal brand and compliment the style of your resume and cover letter. Since everyone's personal brand and professional goals are unique, no one's individual business/networking cards should be alike. 

In addition to acting as a key element of your branded career toolkit, every networking card should:

  • Have room for a note
  • Clearly share your contact information (personal phone, personal professional email and online profiles)
  • Speak for itself - Recipients of your card should be able to take it home, pick it up days or weeks later, and recall who you where, what you do, your professional goals, and how you can be an asset to them


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