Thursday, May 20, 2010

PPT: Networking Edition

My one regret of reentering the workforce (relatively) quickly is missing the boat on creating my own personal "calling cards" to dole out to potential career contacts and/or employers. Not just another piece of pretty paper, these little cards can make a big impression (ha! letterpress pun!), providing a creative way to brand and market yourself.

Feast your eyes:

from Dingbat Press


Obviously the preceding calling cards are most appropriate for those of you making your marks in more creative fields (lucky ducks!)... but never fear, Corporate-Types!  There are plenty of clean, sleek designs to be had that still pack a memorable punch!  




Anyone out there using custom calling cards to network?  Good experiences / feedback? 

13 comments:

  1. Having a calling card is a GREAT idea, because you'll have something to trade at networking events. They should be professional enough that you wouldn't mind handing them to a potential new employer, but also have your own distinct spin on the traditional business card. It's all about setting yourself apart.

    I ordered cards from MOO. The front is very basic, just my name/email/cell, but the backs are all different pictures I took. Flowers, food, skylines.

    Congrats on finishing law school and good luck with the bar!!

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  2. Would it be ridiculous for a law student to carry these? Would it mean I'm taking myself too seriously to whip out an almost-business card? I LOVE these!!!

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  3. Ha! I adore these, but am not picturing a good reaction from the powers that be if I whipped them out professionally. I would love to have some for social use, however, instead of the awkward texting of numbers.

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  4. Those are all gorgeous - except for Katie Stoops's unfortunate card/last name - I cannot believe an Orange Blood would even include her in a blog post! ;)

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  5. My law school gave us a box of free business cards. They were pretty nice but I rarely gave them out. Someone told me they thought it was pretentious for a law student to be handing out business cards that said "Bob Loblaw, Law Student".

    I just had some made (from Etsy) and they turned out pretty nice!

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  7. Oh yes, yes I do have a personal calling card, and it has been a HUGE hit! It is pink, and on the back it has my email address and cell phone number, and on the front it has my full name. Below, it just says, Since 1984. People get such a kick out of it! I really use it more in social situations, and have been known to litter a dance floor with a shower of pink cards before. However, when I have done a few professional meet and greet coffees or happy hours, I have also handed them out. Only when I feel that the receiver will understand that it is tongue in cheek-I would never hand it over during an interview.

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  8. I actually have some I use personally. I created them when I was looking for work. I made both professional and pretty. I still use the pretty ones when people ask for my phone number or email. And, they're always impressed!

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  9. Too pretty for words! I must create my own.

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  10. I have a couple friends who have made them... I think it's probably a good idea as I'm entering the job search now. Maybe I'll get some made up...

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  11. All that letterpress makes me swoon. I use mini moo cards with my blog info printed on the back since it comes up in conversation so much lately. I have a variety of my food photos printed on them; it's fun to let people choose which one they want! I also send them by the dozen to my mother, who likes to give them to everyone she meets :) Some day, though, I WILL be a grown up and have real, professional-looking calling cards. Letterpress required.

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  12. I love all of your letterpress picks! I really wanted to get calling cards made when we moved here because I had no friends and no job, but figured I wouldn't actually ever get up the courage to use them!! : )

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  13. "Would it be ridiculous for a law student to carry these? Would it mean I'm taking myself too seriously to whip out an almost-business card?"

    I totally carried mine as a law student and recent-grad. I wasn't handing them out to fellow students who just needed my contact info, or to random people, but did use them as part of my networking for a job.

    As long as they're done right, a personal info card is a good way of conveying your professionalism. And a lot nicer than scribbling your info on a napkin at a networking happy hour.

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