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Personal Business Cards

While chatting with a fellow alum the other day, he recommended that I create business cards for networking. In college I created business cards for a class using InDesign, but I no longer have access to InDesign. So I looked around online for a website to create business cards. I settled on Vistaprint for my needs. I wanted something professional and simple. While I may end up working somewhere creative, somewhere where the business cards aren't as traditional, I decided to keep the business cards simple and classic, just black and white, because I could end up somewhere white-collar and I'd rather market myself to that.

For business cards at Vistaprint, you can choose between three weights: Standard, Signature, and Ultra Thick. The Standard were too thin for me, and the Ultra Thick were too thick, so I chose Signature. I have my business cards now and I love their weight.

I chose to browse their designs and picked this one. I did modify it though to fit my needs. I moved some of the words around and didn't include my address because the purpose of the business card is to network. I included my name, email, phone number, website, degree, experience, and what kind of position I am seeking.

I chose the linen cards, and they're great. I don't have any graphics or logos, so if you're creating business cards with any of that, you might want to choose something else, but for just text, the linen is nice.

I can't wait to start handing out my business cards! Now I'm just looking for a case for them. I'm probably going to get this one from Amazon, but I really like this one from Mark and Graham.

What do you think of having personal business cards?

Advice for Applying for Jobs

Northwest Pearls: Advice for Applying for Jobs I've been applying for jobs lately and it can be stressful and discouraging. But hey, at least we have computers and the internet. We don't (usually) have to fill things out by hand and mail them in! Here's a few bits of advice I have for you:

  • Keep a spreadsheet of where you've applied to, what position, the link to the posting, if you've applied, the date you applied, and if you've heard back. It helps to keep everything organized and it's nice to see what places you've applied to
  • Reward yourself for applying. Have a cup of tea or a piece of candy
  • Look daily or almost every day at new postings on job boards
  • Keep everything updated
  • Network
  • Do informational interviews. Get to meet people and maybe get some introductions to others in your field
  • Don't give up. We can do this!

Can you think of any advice to add?