As a college student, getting your own set of business cards might not even cross your mind. They’re just for people with full time jobs, right? Wrong. Business cards are a great way to start growing your network, so college is actually the perfect time to have them! Here’s what you need to know.
What to Include
Your business card should be creative, clean, and simple. Here are the essentials:
- Title (i.e. Design Expert, Journalism Student, etc.)
- Phone number
- Website (if applicable)
Want to get creative? Adding a QR code, changing the orientation of the card, or adding a personal logo are a few ways you can do this. Be careful about getting too creative, though! Something like changing the size and shape of the card, or adding embellishments like glitter, can make it inconvenient for someone to hold in their wallet.
Creating Your Own
These sites offer inexpensive prices, and make creating your business cards easy!
Handing Them Out
While it’s important to bring your business cards to career fairs, job interviews, and networking events, it’s also a good idea to keep a few cards on you whenever you’re out and about – you never know when you’ll meet someone important!
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you hand them out in an appropriate way. Forcing your card on everyone you meet sounds a bit aggressive, doesn’t it? Make sure to chat a little bit and make a personal connection first! Once you’ve established a connection, you can then politely offer your card.
Do you have any more questions about business cards? Ask us in the comments below!