When I got my first professional job out of university I was pretty damn excited. There was a whole lot to get excited about; a higher salary, not having to pull coffee for 8 hours a day and these mythical things called ‘weekends’.
All of my initial excitement paled in comparison to how excited I was to get my first ever business cards. Here, on a small card was proof that I had arrived. I was a marketer. I was in business. My friends were all equally excited even though there was no one to give our cards to except for friends and family as proof of a job obtained and ‘if you ever need to contact me’. As if we were suddenly going to start calling landlines again.
IF I were to get such a thing, the pressing issue becomes: what do I put on it?
- Name, obviously. Nickname as well?
- Email address
- Blog title and url
- Twitter name – because that ain’t changing anytime soon and I’m too addicted to give it up.
- Phone number – probably yes, but not an automatic yes.
- Linkedin – though they could probably guess this is the wanted to.
- Descriptor. Definitely have to have one but thinking up the best list will be the tough part. What to include or leave off? On twitter I have:
Bookworm, attemptive blogger, traveller, big eater, wine lover and morning person. Working in philanthropy, not a philanthropist.
…but that seems a little long, What to include? Do you put the ‘profession’ you’re aiming for or what to promote? Or do you stick with the truth?
- Source of amusement – I can’t be the only person who’d like to see business cards with pithy one liners. I’d like there to be something amusing on my business card, as a reflection of my personality. Make for a conversation starter if nothing else.