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Your Future Is In The Cards

You’ll never get a job if you’re not memorable.

If you’re a student, homemaker, in the military, or unemployed…WHY do you need a card? Because you want to become a business professional, and business professionals have business cards.

Having a card to present while networking accomplishes many things:

  • It shows that you’re prepared. You’re not fumbling around for a pen and scrap of paper on which to scrawl your contact info.
  • It presents what YOU want to present—the methods to find you and how to find out more about you.
  • It demonstrates respect for the tradition of reciprocating the exchange of cards. Avoid that uncomfortable feeling of when someone gives you a gift and you don’t have one for them.

Now, that you’re convinced, don’t have a bad or ordinary card—have one that presents the best of you:

  1. Provide minimal information so is not cluttered and doesn’t confuse the reader. Name, one phone number, one email address, maybe mailing address, maybe Linked-In page (not Facebook), or personal website, if you have.
  2. Select a simple theme/colors/font that reflects your personality, yet looks professional; is easy to read; and can be read by card scanners.
  3. Give yourself a title: “Sales Consultant,” “Customer Service Specialist,” “Digital Marketer,” something memorable and realistic, not cutesy.
  4. Utilize the back of the card for a few lines of your accomplishments or qualifications: “Masters Degree in Education,” “Certified in C++,” “Proficient in Google Analytics.” Leave at least the top half of the card’s back empty so the person has space to write notes.

The goal is for the recipient to remember you weeks and months later. Receiving theirs is literally your “calling card” for following up after meeting. You want them to think of you when they have or know about a vacancy BEFORE it’s posted.

For $10, sites such as Vistaprint, will send you 500 professional business cards. You can design it, use a logo or photo if have one, use their templates, or let their experts design it.

You may make a good first impression, but a business card leaves a lasting impression.

Learn how to be more marketable at BestOfYouResumes.com.

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employment, job hunting, job search, resumes

Size Doesn’t Matter. Or, Does It?

“How long?”

That’s the question that I’m asked most often.

Human resource managers, school career counselors, and even professional resume writers can’t agree on what’s an appropriate length for a resume today.

The Internet, Linkedin, and websites have changed how we now look at resumes. Instead of hard-copy pages, we now can seamlessly scroll through a resume, not knowing its length. Linkedin breaks our profile into different sections, so it’s not stitched together. Video resumes that showcase the person and their portfolio have only running times.

An article by Kim Isaacs for Monster.com, suggests that you should have a ONE-pager if you have less than 10 years of experience or are pursuing a career change or only had one employer; a TWO-pager if you have more than 10 years of experience relevant to your new goal or need space to list engineering/technical skills; a THREE-pager if you’re a senior-level executive or in an academic/scientific field with extensive credentials.

I totally agree with these suggestions as guidelines. My answer as to the proper length is always, “What will it take to convince the reader?” If you don’t start strong and keep their attention, they will bail out, regardless of length.

I’ve seen good two-pagers and bad one-pagers. I’ve seen strong, concise one-pagers, and cluttered or boring two-pagers. Size doesn’t matter unless you abuse the space. Tell your story, quantify your accomplishments, and sell yourself as the best candidate for an interview.

Learn how to be more marketable at BestOfYouResumes.com.

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