Love it or hate it, there is almost no way to avoid it in DC. The business card. It’s a networking staple and an easy way to stay in contact with people. Having your own is a great way to show initiative and professionalism during your job or internship search.
How to get started on creating one of your own:
The essential information to include is your name, email, phone number, and your basic education information. Additional information, like your Twitter handle or other social media account, can be included, but be careful. If your social media account or blog is original and professional (articles, photos, videos, etc.) and you want to showcase your work, then go ahead. But if your accounts are full of selfies and cat videos, better to leave them off.
For your education information you can include American University, your school, and your class year (ex. Class of 2015). An extra title that indicates your professional interest is a great addition as well, for example “Student Videographer”, “Future Educator”, or “Marketing Professional”.
Today it is simpler than ever to create your very own business card. Here are some fast and cheap sources:
DeLong Lithographics – Get the American University business card, logo and all. This is a fast way to get cards with easy instructions. It is also a good option if you want a professional card with the university’s logo front and center.
UPS AU Campus Location – The UPS store on campus offer business card printing services that include templates with the AU logo.
Vistaprint.com – Prices depend on paper quality and some additional fees, but prices start at $16 for 100 cards.
Moo.com – Another online resource for business cards. Prices start at $19.99 for double-sided cards.
This is an opportunity to be creative, have fun with creating a professional business card. Are there other resources for business cards that you have used? Share in the comments section below.