Jen Glantz is the heart behind the website The Things I Learned From and guest writer on Regale. You can read this article and others on her website by clicking here.
In a time when one of your hands is always clutching your cell phone and the other is trying to meet and great the next big person in your industry so that you can score the job of your dreams, business cards have become a thing of the past. Not only is there no space for them in your wallet, pocket, or purse, but due to the increase in social media and digital space working with us to get promoted or get new jobs, the use of a square piece of stock paper has become rather old fashion.
Here are 5 things you can do instead of printing business cards:
1. Save your money.
You can get 250 business cards on Vistaprint.com for about $19.99. For that same price, you can buy a domain name on GoDaddy.com and host your own website. You’ll even have money left over to buy yourself a slice of pizza to eat as you upload your resume, post your cover letter, and add your portfolio to the site you’ll create for yourself. You don’t need to know HTML or write code to put this together. It can all be done with a couple of clicks and quick decisions using a WordPress template.
2. Do something that’s free.
If you don’t have the spare change, the time, or the patience to make a website, there’s still options. You can put up all your contact information and any online links to social media accounts or work that you’ve done on an About.me page. You can customize it in minutes and make it go live in seconds. Here’s my page: http://about.me/jenglantz
3. Keep your phone handy.
You probably bring your phone with you everywhere, even the bathroom. So, if you’re at a networking event or meet someone rad on the subway, pull out your phone and save their contact information there. That way, you’ll always have their digits or their email handy and can send them a virtual business card—aka your new personalized webpage.
4. Carry some old fashion pen and paper with you.
Girls, your purses carry everything else. And guys, if you can’t fit a mini note pad and a pen in your pocket, most places you go to will have something you can borrow. Just make sure you don’t leave a conversation or a meeting without their information. If they just take yours, you may never hear from them again.
5.Throw away your old business cards.
I’ve had 4 very different jobs since graduating from college three years ago (I’ve worked as a professional sorority girl, a magazine editor, a PR associate, and as a copywriter).
It’s happened to me before, where I was at job 3 or 4, and so eager to give someone a business card that I accidently pulled out an oldie from my wallet—with the wrong email address, wrong job title, and followed by an awkward story of why I no longer work there,
Whipping out a business card from the past feels the same as when you mistakenly bring up an ex-bf on a first date. Make sure you rid them of your wallet and your pockets.