Post-College Chronicles: Business Cards

As a recent graduate that has been job-hunting for months now, here is some useful information about business cards that all job-seekers–especially recent graduates–might find useful.

The Usefulness of Business Cards

Whether you’re looking to start your own business or join a company, a business card is a must for the jobsearch because it makes it so much easier to network and share info. Business cards not only allow a jobseeker to give out their relevant info (contact methods and general job target), but they’re also more compact and easier to share and carry around than constantly a pack of paper resumes. More importantly, as a recent graduate, having business cards to give out can set-up some social dynamics that can be beneficial in both the short- and long-term.

Business CardsWhen you’re just starting out, people don’t expect you to have a card so this already will set many apart from other jobseekers, but they also initiate a quick exchange of contact information. Most of the people hiring and other established professionals always carry around business cards, so when you give them yours, it will usually trigger them reciprocating and giving their cards to you — which is a main benefit to you. In the short-term, you’ve given quickly given them your information, so if you made a good impression and they already know of something, the person might give you a call. In the long-term, you’ve given yourself the ability to contact someone who could be a good source of information or leads.

Free Business Cards

Business cards are pretty expensive when you’re just starting out so I recommend using a starter pack from any printing type of business or office supply company. A good option is Vistaprint which allows a first time customer to print 250 cards for free from select templates. Although, all of the cards are free, the user will still need to pay for shipping costs (which was about $4 and is still way cheaper than paying the average of $25 or more for a set).

So, stay focused on your job-hunt and other endeavors and add some free business cards to your set of tools in networking.

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Useful Websites to Learn Coding & Design

If you’re a liberal arts major you don’t have to minor in computer science or enroll in advance computer classes to learn some coding and expand your computer skills. It’s probably best — and more cost effective — to learn on your own and at your own pace using some free online sources. Here are some websites that are not only free, but are high in quality, as well!

  1. Codecademy: A good website to start developing some web building skills. It presents various Internet coding concepts with a set of exercises to help you learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other skills. What makes it better and stand out from just watching a YouTube video is its great and intuitive design. Not having to watch a video saves you time from having to watch video and try to understand varying qualities of audio. The layout of the website is also very easy to navigate, with menus for the lessons presented in an aesthetically simple graphics. Plus, most of the lessons are written in a straight-forward, easy to understand way and are presented in logical, digestible bits. Continue reading

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