When you’re out and about during your day, you never know who you might run into, especially someone who can lead you to your next job. Surprises like these are not uncommon, however, even if you did carry a resume with you at all times, recipients don’t want to receive a paper resume, out of fear they may lose it.
That’s why you should have a calling card. You can find low cost or even free calling cards on the web or at your local print shop. Similar to a business card, the cards are easy to carry and exchange; and should include your name, job title, phone number, and email address. Don’t rule out a customized LinkedIn address.
Instead of leaving the backside blank, consider adding a few bullet points about yourself, or even a word cloud or QR code that would lead to a personal website or online portfolio of your work. Calling cards make you memorable, and are a great personal marketing tool to use in your job search.