This blog calls it a “job search card”, and I think it’s a valuable tool. After all, meeting in person with someone is still the single best way to make an impression and prove your value. Having a card with some essential details is a great way to stay top of mind with them after you leave your meeting.
But too often job seekers put too much information on their card.
Don’t try to make the business card your resume, but rather make it easy to digest. A lot of people use small type and write too much info on their card, overwhelming recipients and resulting in immediate visits to the trash can. You want the person to remember you so you can later have more in-person meetings down the road.
The example in the previously mentioned blog post and posted here is too busy in my opinion. Keep it basic: Name, Email, Phone, Career Target, and if you have room, your LinkedIn or twitter usernames and links. If you don’t have a career target as of yet, add it later.
Have you ever used an independent networking card? What kinds of things did you include? What were the responses you experienced?