Many times, people wrongly assume that if they are unemployed or a recent graduate that they do not need a business card. This is a very bad assumption. If you are unemployed you should most definitely have a business card on you at all times. You never know who you might meet that could lead you to a job. A business card is, if nothing else, a big reminder on a tiny card. Most people keep business cards and go through them periodically when searching for new leads.
The point of having a business card when you’re unemployed is to create a physical reminder of your availability and to give a quick snippet of your information and qualifications. If you unexpectedly meet someone who would be a great industry connection, having an “about me” business card is much more professional than, say, writing your name and phone number on a restaurant napkin.
If you’re wondering about what to put on business cards when you’re unemployed, where to get them printed or how to format the best design, explore our advice here!
What to Put On Your Business Card When You’re Unemployed
Business cards when you are unemployed are a little more complicated than the average creation. You have no official title or position, no logo or branding, and no official business phone line. But, you’ll need to create a professional image if you want to provide people with your information, fast track your job search and put yourself out there in the market.
It’s also important to include your industry or degree on your card. For instance: “International Relations” or “Automotive Repairs.” If you have a specialized license or certification, include that as well, even if you haven’t had a job as a “Licensed Social Worker” or “Certified Business Analysis Professional” yet.
All “about me” business cards should have the following information:
- Full Name
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Degree or Industry
Flesh out your job seeker business card with examples of additional important information about you:
- Website, Portfolio, or LinkedIn URL (if applicable)
- You can put a link to your site within a QR code or type the web address.
- Job Title
- Specialty or certifications
Where to Get a Business Card
Office supply stores and printing shops are happy to help design and print your business cards, but full service can be somewhat pricey if you are unemployed and on a budget.
You can save money and buy the paper from an office supply store and print “about me” business cards yourself using Microsoft Office or a similar program. If you want more professional cards, you can check out Moo, VistaPrint or other similar companies. Whichever route you choose, you can explore templates and designs to ensure your business cards look professional, even if you are unemployed.
Who You Should Give Your Business Card To
If you’re wondering who to give business cards to when you’re unemployed, the answer is everyone!
Ok, maybe not exactly everyone, but networking is the key. If your friend says, “My uncle works in that industry, you should talk to him,” ask if you can give him your business card. When you see an opportunity to hand out a business card at a professional event or conference, don’t hesitate. Doing nothing is the worst thing you can do. Always make sure you have plenty of cards on you when you go to any type of networking event, career fair or interview.
More Advice from Whitman Associates, Inc.
Business cards when you are unemployed are a great way to jumpstart your hiring process. Looking for a little more guidance before diving into the job searching pool? Whitman Associates, Inc. is always here with advice and support. Explore our blog for job seekers or reach out to us for more personalized strategies today!
Good luck and happy printing those business cards.