The Perfect Business Card | What Veterans Should Take Note Of When Creating Their Business Card

14929490649_625145f0a3_zBusiness cards can be unfamiliar territory for many guys just leaving the service.

A lot of guys have never probably even owned a business card in their lives.

Perhaps the closest thing many veterans will have to business cards are calling cards. In my opinion calling cards are pretty darn smart!

Calling cards in the military were originally used to introduce military men to new generals or during special events.

Calling cards usually have one’s basic contact information and your name so that the hostess could thank you for coming.

Many veterans especially after they leave the military will definitely need something similar to a calling card as they will hopefully be meeting people that will want to offer them opportunities, want to get to know them better and want to follow up with them.

This is the very reason why one NEEDS to have the perfect business card. The perfect business card easily allows other people to follow up with you.

Today’s post will give 5 tips that veterans can apply to create their own perfect business card. Our advice is to take these tips and apply them right away so that when you need to present your business card you already have some on the ready!

Let’s begin.

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  1. Understand the purpose of your business card

If you’re just transitioning out and are looking for work you want to let other people know what your unique skills are as well as your updated contact information.

The main purpose of your business card is for other people to be able to follow up so even if what is on there is just your name, your email and your phone number and a basic little blurb about you such as a motto then that is effective enough and will work.

This simple format is better than having nothing at all.

  1. Understand that you can keep your business card simple

There is beauty in simplicity. Apply this adage in your business card.

First make sure that your business card is readable. Font sizes that range from 6 to 12 pt. are acceptable.

Remember that card formats that have so much clutter in them are bad news. While you can put some skills that you think employers may find attractive don’t go overboard.

If you have multiple contact information there is no need to add in every single one.

Put in your professional email address such as ones from Gmail, Outlook and avoid Yahoo or AOL. Make sure the phone number that you put in your business card is not going to change anytime soon so you don’t have to reprint the card.

 Make sure your business card is clean.

By keeping your business card simple you can clearly illustrate who you are, what you are doing and what you want to achieve.

  1. Make sure the information on your business card is accurate

 A business card with inaccurate information is useless.

It can be pretty normal to change addresses, emails and even phone numbers during the first few months in transition from the military.

However make sure that the business card that you currently use reflects those changes and still gives out accurate information on where to find you and how to contact you.

Don’t have a thousand business cards printed out when your phone number and address are still somewhat unclear so you don’t have to have new ones reprinted.

Never scratch out old phone numbers in old business cards and write the new ones in their place. This just shows a lack of preparation on your part and gives the impression that you may not be as serious in your goal.

  1. Make sure your business card is professional

This tip particularly pertains to email addresses. You may be one of those guys with funny or unusual email addresses. Keeping this email is your personal choice

However, using something like devildog22@aol.com doesn’t look professional in a business card. Take the time to register for a more sensible and professional sounding email address and put that in your business card.

Another way to keep your business card professional is to make sure that it is clean and free of smudges and folds. Don’t make it seem like your business card has lived in your back pocket for ages.

Avoiding this is easy. Invest in a case that will keep your cards clean and easy to find.

It is also a great idea develop a system for handing out your business card. When you go to job fairs or events, you may want to get into the habit of placing your business cards in your right pocket and keep the business cards of those you meet in your left jacket pocket.

That way, you’ll know where to reach in case you need to hand out a business card of your own or stash someone else’s away.

  1. Have plenty of business cards with you

13340387214_c8275d15c1_zTo suddenly run out of business cards in the middle of an event may be the worst thing that can happen to you.

You could lose out to a job or countless of other opportunities.

A way to avoid this is to plan and prepare ahead. If you are going to a job fair then you need to take plenty of business cards.

Set up systems so that it is hard for you to run out of business cards. You may want to start putting business cards on the inside of your sports jackets.

You can also leave some in your car as well as always carry that business card case with you.

These systems will help make sure you have a steady supply of business cards all the time.

Lastly and for extreme emergencies keep about 5 or so business cards inside your wallet preferably in a small case. While these may look a little beat up compared to your usual pristine set, i they are so much better than not having any at all.

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Until next time!