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.
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 business cards should have the following information:
- Full Name
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Degree or Industry
Additional items you could list include, if applicable:
- Website or LinkedIn URL (if applicable)
- Note: You can put a link to your site within a QR code.
- Job Title
Where to Get a Business Card
You can save money and buy the paper from an office supply store and print them 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 may want to explore traditional templates and designs to ensure your business cards look professional, even if you are unemployed.
Who You Should Give Your Business Card To
Everyone! Ok, maybe not 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 if you are unemployed, 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.
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.