Have you ever been at a social gathering or other event and had a conversation similar to this:
“Hello, my name is Susie, it’s a pleasure to meet you.”
“The pleasure is mine Susie, I’m Joe.”
“So, what do you do Joe?”
“Well, I have been in the project management field for about 3 years, but my company just had a major downsize, so I am currently looking for a job.”
“Oh, really? My firm is hiring, do you have a resume or a business card? I may be able to put in a good word for you in our HR department.”
At that moment, you freeze. You don’t have a personal business card, and you don’t exactly walk around with an updated resume in your pocket. You have nothing that shows your credentials.what do you do?
Mini resume cards are an innovative way to market yourself as a job candidate. You can conveniently print key qualifications and career highlights on a standard sized business card and impress what could be your next boss! Take a few of them everywhere (networking events, job fairs, meetings, parties, weddings — anywhere you could potentially meet someone new).
Resume cards are relatively inexpensive. You can design and print your own through a Microsoft Word template or a business card design website such as VistaPrint. Some professional resume writers such as Resume-Evolution even offer personally designed mini resume cards.
The key to job seeking is the ability to stand out. Handing over an ordinary business card with only contact information doesn’t say much to a potential employer. If you are in the market for a job, you should always be prepared; because you never know who you will meet.
Here’s how the conversation should have ended:
“As a matter of fact, I have my resume cards right here. This is just a quick overview of the key accomplishments I have achieved as well as my areas of specialization and contact info.”
“Oh wow, very impressive Joe! I see that you have many skills that our firm could use, I’ll definitely have someone call you on Monday morning. Again, it was a pleasure to meet you.”