Order Business Cards
When your networking is in full swing, you often will want to leave your name and contact information with someone, and the appropriate method is to give them your business card. More importantly, when you give people your card, they generally will give you theirs in return. Now you have their contact data, and you can email them your resume, call them, invite them to be a LinkedIn connection, etc.
In addition, you will carry your business card to all interviews, and exchange cards with everyone with whom you interview. After the interview, you will send each person a thank-you email, using the email address on their cards. Later, you may need to call them, and you now have their phone numbers.
You have three choices, but I recommend www.vistaprint.com, where you can order online 250 free business cards – free, except for the $6 postage and handling, but still that’s a bargain.
Important note: VistaPrint has recently raised their prices -- HOWEVER, if you follow the link below (Customize....), it will take you through the previous, cheaper process. EVEN BETTER: instead of paying $6 for shipping, it's only $4.99! Thus, ajobs.com just saved you $1.01.
Procedure: Click on this link
On the left side of your screen, type in your information:
- Company Name = your name
- Company Message = give yourself a title (e.g., Accounting and Finance Professional, Executive Assistant, IT Professional, etc.)
- Full Name = since you have already put your name at the top, use this space for your edited LinkedIn Public Profile URL. (Important: If you have not already customized your LinkedIn URL, you MUST before including this link on your cards. Here's how.)
- Email/Other = Type in your email address, then press the Enter key to add another line. Type in your cell phone number on this line.
- Use Address Lines 1 & 2, Phone/Other, and Fax/Other to show core competencies, functional areas, software skills, or anything else you want people to know about you. The finished result should look something like this:
Now go back and proofread carefully, since Vistaprint does not have spell check. When you are satisfied, scroll down and complete the “Online Proof Approval,” then click “Next” to proceed to the checkout and pay with your credit card. Along the way, Vistaprint will try to sell you everything from refrigerator magnets, brochures, shiny finish, etc – just click “no” to all of them and you will finally reach the check out. You will receive them in approximately four business days, so don’t pay extra for overnight delivery either.
NEW: You now can order VistaPrint cards through Staples office supply online, and then pick them up in a little as two hours at the closest Staples store to you. Just click
Your second choice is to use www.Avery.com. The primary advantages are (1) you can print them on your home computer/printer, (2) you can customize them for special needs, and (3) they will look less generic than Vistaprint. The chief disadvantage is that you must be constantly reprinting them and you frequently will find yourself without a card when you need one, and thus I recommend Vistaprint, at least as a backup when you are in a hurry. Another disadvantage is that using Avery is a longer and more complicated procedure, especially if you are computer-challenged. Plus, you must first go to an office supply store and buy the card stock, product #8371.
Procedure: Click this link
The third alternative is to use Photoshop or Fireworks and design your own, personalized card. Then take it to a quick-print shop and have them printed, at a cost of around $40 for 500 cards.
Now go back and read the simplicity of Vistaprint.com!
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