Whether you are a business professional or currently unemployed and seeking a job, business cards can help you market your individual skills and abilities to others. According to a 2008 article in "The Wall Street Journal," including your degree with your name or profession on a business card can make you stand out in a competitive job market. Instead of ordering expensive custom business cards from a printing company, consider using simple word processing or publishing software to create your own business cards printed with your name and degree.
Open a blank document in word processing or publishing software on your computer. Select a business card template with a simple decorative design or elegant border for your business card.
Select a clear, common font style, such as Times New Roman or Arial, in a size 12 to 14 point to format the text of your business card.
Type your full name on the centre of the business card template. Put your highest undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree earned below your name on the card, such as a Master's of Business Administration (or MBA). Recent graduates from distinguished universities should also include their school's name, major and graduation year, recommends "The Wall Street Journal."
Type your contact information, such as your mailing address, phone number and e-mail address, in a smaller font size below your name and degree on the business card. Proofread all of the information on your business card template to correct potential grammatical and factual errors.
Place a sheet of high-quality white or off-white cardstock -- thick paper -- into your printer's paper tray. Click on the "File" tab in your software program's menu and select the "Print" option to print your business cards. Most business card templates are programmed to print multiple business cards on a single sheet of paper to reduce waste.
Include your current job title, company name and logo if you are currently employed. Use a paper cutter instead of scissors to cut out your business cards with straight, clean lines for a more professional look.
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- Include your current job title, company name and logo if you are currently employed.
- Use a paper cutter instead of scissors to cut out your business cards with straight, clean lines for a more professional look.