We’ve all heard the saying—it’s not about what you know but who you know. If that’s true (which it is in many instances) then how do post-grads (such as myself) network properly without having legitimate business cards to hand out?
The answer is to get a contact card.
Contact cards are incredibly similar to business cards but not associated with any actual company, instead, they represent you and only you. Along with the business card structure, you put your name, what industry you’re in (or would like to enter) along with some contact and social-media information. They allow you to look professional and way more put together than writing down your info on a nearby napkin.
Here are some reasons why you should invest in contact cards if you’re a young and upcoming professional:
You’ll make a good impression. Even if you don’t know what the hell you’re doing in life, you will appear to be polished and professional to those around you. Plus, it’s way more memorable to give out a clean-cut card than a scrap of paper that can easily be discarded.
They’re affordable. Sites like VistaPrint, Moo and 123Print allow you to customize or choose from pre-made designs for your contact cards at an amazingly low price. Depending on the design you select, they can be as cheap as 100 cards for just $3. For a deal like that there’s no reason not to invest.
They’re versatile. You can hand them to that cute guy you meet at a bar or that super successful alum you met at a gathering that happens to be in the same field as you! Just carry some around with you in your wallet and be ready to hand them out when an opportunity arises.
By getting contact cards, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain. They allow you to properly network with those around—you can meet someone who might make the difference between being unemployed and working at a job you love.
Get some now and make a difference in your potential career.