Back in 2009 I created a basic template for a networking business card called the Flashcard™ (see the original sample on the left). I called it that because it allowed you to communicate important information to your network “in a flash”.
OK it sounds a little silly now. But it’s still true.
It’s a template that I thought was very productive and smart based on the critical need to communicate and reinforce your specific job search objectives. It makes your networking so much more productive.
I created some simple templates along with instructions to do it and added it to my free downloads page. You can still find it there today. I also incorporated the auto-development of your business cards in the new job search strategy software. It’s one of six different marketing documents the software auto-creates once the data is provided by you.
I honestly don’t know how many people have downloaded the original template and how many have used it, but I see them around town. Maybe someone handed you one or something like it?
Anyway, below are two recent examples of cards created based on the template. Two folks I’ve met with locally who needed some help getting more targeted with their objectives and the documents to better communicate those objectives.
By the way, if you need some examples of poor job search objectives, watch the short video below. How do you answer the “What are you looking for” question?
And yes it does help your network (immensely) to have a clear and tangible picture of how they can help you. It is the difference between someone engaging in your situation and someone separating from you (because they don’t feel empowered).
Their cards look great, don’t they?
Thanks to Robert and Dustin for sharing their examples. So far they are getting great feedback on their clear objectives and the cards that describe them. Dustin’s cards were laid out by Sandy Perez of Smart Levels.
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Also, be sure to check out the tools available here on the site and watch the intro video for the new software so you can learn more about how, with just a small investment, you can get your job search on (or back on) track.
Written by: Tim Tyrell-Smith
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