Secret to Success #1

I’m going to start a new “column” in the becoming professional category. In it, I’m going to post short tips, different things that can help to land a job or build a network. A lot of these ideas have come from different sources; I’ll credit them when I remember where the idea came from, and include a link. If I don’t credit it, and you know where it came from feel free to inform me and I’ll credit it.

Secret to Success : Tip # 1

Create a student business card.
Imagine these two senarios: First, you’re at the bar, and you’re flirting with a member of the opposite sex. You want to give them your number, so you pull out a business card with your name, number and email address so they can call you – or look you up on facebook later. Don’t you think they’d be impressed? Now, this may not seem as exciting, but picture yourself a volunteer at a conference or event, and you meet someone who works in the field you want to go into. You’ve been talking with him for a bit, and told him you’re a student and you’re interested in his field. He gives you his card – and you pull yours out and give it to him. Believe it or not, the impression you make on him will be the same as the one you made on the member of the opposite sex that you were flirting with at the bar. Both will see you as a young, up-and-coming professional. Both will see you as a ‘catch’ – for a future job opportunity or a job.

The Best part? Student business cards aren’t expensive. VistaPrint.com lets you create your business cards for free in exchange for putting their logo in small print on the back at the bottom of your card. You just pay shipping (about 6 bucks) for 250 cards. You’ll be amazed at how much having them impresses people (I was) and it’s a cheap investment.

Be sure to check back for more Secrets to Success….

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