The Power of Business Cards And Why You Need Them

Even though we're not considered "professionals" yet, there's still a reason to act like one.

If you take advantage of all IU has to offer, you will no doubt meet professionals that you will be able to network and connect with. Now, how are these professionals supposed to separate you from the other tens of students they met with?

Business cards are one way to do this.

Business cards are a cheap way to share all of your contact information quickly while maintaining a professional manner (as long as your card doesn't have a giant teddy bear or a duck-faced selfie on it). 

What to put on your card:

  1. First and last name
  2. Degree and university
  3. Expected graduation date
  4. Phone number
  5. Twitter handle
  6. "Connect with me on LinkedIn"

These are the basics. They give a brief of summary of you, your degree, and some of your social media accounts.

This is crucial. Make sure everything you put on your card is something that would be appropriate for a future employer to see. Make sure both your Twitter and LinkedIn are professional and appropriate enough that you won't be embarrassed if a potential employer sees it. 

Also, double and triple check your spelling. The last thing you need is to misspell your own university, or worse, your own name. 

Many websites also provide free templates for your business cards. Just make sure the template you choose is appropriate. The simpler the better; if you get a template with too many details, it will be distracting and someone might have a hard time reading the information on the card.

For me personally, I use Vista Print. You can choose a variety of professional, pre-made templates. They also have an ongoing deal - 150 premium business cards for $10. They also allow you to design your own templates if you'd prefer that.

I've used Vista Print for two years now and I have no complaints.

No matter which supplier you end up using, just remember: it's never too early to start acting like a professional.

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About The Author
Tori LawhornJournalism major

Hi! I'm Tori. I'm currently a sophomore majoring in journalism with specializations in public relations and digital and interactive media-journalism. I'm also pursuing two minors, one in communications and culture and one in psychology. I'm the spring General Assignments Editor for the Indiana Daily Student as well as one of the 2013-2014 Co-Directors of Programming for the IU Public Relations Student Society of America. I'm also the spring Public Relations Intern for Astonish Media Group, LLC. I'm a proud Ernie Pyle Scholar and Hutton Honors College mentor and host. I like pleasant weather, good books, movies, music, school, traveling, penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Go Hoosiers!