So, what next? If you’re like me and don’t have a job lined up, now’s the time to really buckle down and get serious about job searching.
One of the first things I did when I graduated was take a neighbor’s advice and have some very cheap business cards made. I think it cost me less than $10 to have 100 printed. It simply read:
Public Relations/Communications/Social Media
Short and to the point. You can alter the information to reflect your school and your concentration if you are recently graduated and want to emphasize your studies.
What did I do with my fancy new cards? I joined local organizations and participated in networking events. I made it very clear with anyone I talked to that I was currently searching for a job. Instead of inappropriately whipping out a copy of my resume at every event, I was able to pass out business cards when someone would tell me they knew of an opening or knew of someone who was hiring.
It was through this technique I was connected to my future employer. Does this always work? Not always. But this is a great way to get your name out there and show employers you are taking your job search very seriously.
It’s the little things that can really make you stand out and get noticed. With so much competition right now, you need to take every step you can to show employers that you the best fit. We were recently hiring an intern (check out Imani’s awesome post) and were blown away with all the small things she did to show us how interested she was in the position, including giving us her business card at the end of the interview. Was that the only reason we hired Imani? Of course not. But it certainly showed us how interested she was in the job.
So, while business cards won’t cost you much, they can really pay off in the long run.
What steps have you taken to stand out to employers? Comment below!