However, not every situation (in fact not many situations) will lend themselves to you carting around a box of resumes to hand out. So, what's a savvy job seeker to do? Business cards are a great way to bridge this gap. The possibilities for ordering these fast, cheap or even better fast AND cheap abound. Visit sites like www.vistaprint.com for incredibly inexpensive options. However, if fast is what you need, think about ordering from your local print shop, Office Depot, Staples, etc. Most have the option of getting cards done in about an hour for less than $20.
Not sure what to put on your card? Think about keeping it fairly simple and include things like: Name, Email, Primary Phone, and LinkedIn URL. However, you could also add a couple of lines about your primary skills, target title, etc.
How does it look all pulled together? While individual choices/tastes differ, I prefer a conservative look like this one that I made courtesy of Vistaprint:
And if you simply must have a splash of color, keep it minimal like this one:
But please, I beg of you...don't go all the way with color, design, pics, etc. More is not more when it comes to conveying your brand:
Bottom line is this...regardless of whether your brand is as recognizable as Wile or not, you have to give networking contacts a way to remember you long after you have departed the scene. Providing a well-written but tasteful business card is a great way of doing that. And while the temptation might be there to get a little creative on the card, employ design elements in moderation please! Good luck and happy hunting!