What to Put on Your Business Card If You’re a Student or Recent Grad

Since you’ve already read about the importance of business cards (and if you haven’t yet, you should), you’re just about ready to order your first batch. If you’re a student or a recent grad, you’re probably wondering what it should say.

“Normal” business cards usually include name, title, contact information and the company logo. Since your current title is technically “job-seeker” and you’re not working for a company that will provide you with cards, you’ll have to be a tad more creative.

Here’s how it’s done:

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The Basics

First things first: Your name and email address. Leave the cutiebaby93xx@email.com address in junior high school where it belongs and graduate to a professional-sounding email address in the following format: YourName@email.com. Whether or not to include a phone number is up to you. You’ll be giving out your card at networking events and possibly at coffee shops, parties, or maybe even in the subway, so it may not be a good idea to give your digits out to complete strangers. Other option, create a free Google Voice number to use on your card.

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Links

Having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile puts you on the map, especially when job-hunting. Including a link to your LinkedIn is equivalent to handing someone your resume — along with recommendations from past colleagues. If you have an active Twitter account that documents your interest and involvement in your desired industry, include it as well. This will show potential employers that you’re dedicated and active. If you are an aspiring photographer, graphic designer, writer, etc., be sure to include a link to your online portfolio or blog, too.

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Get Creative

You can also add the name of the school you’re attending/graduated from and what kind of degree you’re working towards/have. You may think that adding this information makes you seem like an amateur, but in fact, it shows potential employers and new connections that you’re serious about your future and have already hit the ground running.

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If you want to go the extra mile to show you’re tech-savvy, generate a QR code online that links to your website. If you don’t have a portfolio or blog to link to, create a simple website using a platform like Wix.com, a free website builder. Talk about who you are, what you studied in school, your experience, and why you’re interested in a particular industry.

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Format

As for the design, think of it as the dress code: If your desired position is in a more conservative industry (for instance, publishing) and you’ll likely be wearing a suit to work daily, your business card should match that style. Include the basics on your card and use a classic white background with a black typeface. In general, as a creative, we’d encourage you to well, get creative! Use color, photography, and a logo if you have one. We love business cards from MOO.com because they let you put up to 50 different images on the backs of your cards — which is ideal for designers and artists. They also let you buy in small batches, which is good if you’re just starting out, as your goals and aspirations can quickly change.

Remember, your business card is an extension of you; it exists to help you stand out and be memorable. Spending a little extra time on it now will pay off in the future.

We’d love to see photos of your business cards. Share them or any of your suggestions in the comments!

 

5 comment on “What to Put on Your Business Card If You’re a Student or Recent Grad

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  2. This is my business card. Not totally outrageous with designs and everything, but it’s clean, simple, and the QR is a Dropbox link to my up-to-the-second resume, considering I tweek it at least once a week lol. Got it on VistaPrint for really cheap. Its not that flimsy, though. It’s actually really good material. Ive handed it to a few people, but it’s only really useful at job fairs or meeting a totally random person you make connections with. Not so good in other situs.

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