Are you a new graduate on the job hunt? Are you in an established career and you’re looking for a new challenge?
If you’re getting ready to venture into the world of job searching, you need a great business card that will be memorable, is clear and will get you noticed.
Don’t know where to start? Follow our guide of creative ideas for business cards and get started on making an impression with your future employers.
The key to remember in deciding on a business card is to avoid cards that are too gimmicky or cute that they leave an impression that you shouldn’t be taken seriously. That’s a fine line to walk, but we’ll help you right now:
Increase the Weight of Your Card
There is something that happens in the psyche when you have a weightier card. It feels like more a library card or a credit card. It feels more serious.
Consider increasing the weight of your business card’s paper stock, and you’ll have an instant payoff in the minds of whomever is holding your card next.
Invest in Letter-pressing or Embossing
If you’ve got the budget for it, consider adding an element of letter-pressing or embossing to your card. It’s going to be a little pricey, as this is a craft, niche operation, but your card will look beautiful.
This is something for designers especially to consider. Your business card needs to match your profession or the field you hope to enter.
Try Out a Smaller Card
One trend in business cards today is to try an alternate shape from the traditional rectangle. A square card or even a smaller rectangle add interest and set your card apart from the pile of others.
Are you going into a field involving sustainability or the environment? Are you a craft woodworker? Consider a wood business card.
These cards are made of layers of thin wood, but they are sturdy, creative and are much different than any other card your future employer may receive.
Add some creativity and professionalism to your card by adding a die-cut element to your business card. This could just be in the form of your business logo or the initial of your last name.
It may be a little pricey to get a die-cut because it is a custom design element. However, it will add some style and interest to your card and make it memorable to future employers.
A new trend in business cards is to forego paper altogether and make your business card digital. You can do this by making a digital card on your iPad.
Take the iPad with you to visits with employers. The card needs to have a QR code on it so that the person can scan your card with his or her smart phone and record the information about you.
An alternative is to keep the traditional business card but to include a QR code directly on the card. You’ll not only make it easy for a future employer to keep up with you, but you’ll score major cool points for being tech savvy.
Are you inspired yet? Use our guide of handy tips for finding an innovative business card that is professional and memorable. You’re on your way to finding a great job — or least leaving a really great impression by investing in a great card. Good luck in your search!