Great Career Tip # 2 – Create a great business card

Hello All,

As mentioned last week, I’m conducting a series on the Greatest Career Tips that I ever received so you can look forward to other great career tips each Friday.  If you know a friend or colleague who could benefit from this series, help them out and  share these tips with them. 

I hope you all enjoyed the career tip from last week on transferable job skills. To continue with the series, this week I’ve decided to touch on an aspect of visual identity that everyone of you should take advantage of. 

Enjoy,

Dr. Cris 

Great Career Tip #2
Create a great business card

Your business card is a visual representation of you. It provides one of the greatest opportunities to showcase who you are to others professionally. Although some of you may be employed for a company who has provided a standard business card that you are required to use, others of you may own and operate a business as an entrepreneur where you can exemplify your brand,  and the design of your business card can reflect your unique visual identity. For this reason you want to keep one aspect in mind, you will seldom gain a second opportunity to make a positive and memorable first impression; therefore, it is important that you get it right the first time.

Designing your own business card is not that difficult of a task. There are quite a few websites that will walk you through the process.  Just two name a few, Vistaprint.com and 123print.com are two of the more popular websites where you can customize a business card to your specific needs.  Using one of these sites will also provide you with the opportunity to purchase matching stationery, mailing labels, or even post cards.

If you’re not comfortable designing the business cards yourself, you could find a professional on line to assist you with the process. Their expertise could make your business cards stand out and open doors to potential new clients. You may want to ask a friend to refer you to someone who they have used to design their business cards and start building a new visual identity for yourself.  

Greatest Career Tips I Ever Received

Over the years I have actually worked more jobs than the number of years that I have walked on this earth, primarily by working two or three jobs at the same time. But one aspect that I have learned from working so many jobs is just how important it is to take away valuable lessons as often as you can. Therefore I have compiled some of the most valuable lessons or tips that have served me well over my 30+ years of experience in the professional industry and I hope that these tips are helpful to you. 
Over the next few weeks I will post one of these helpful tips each week and hope that you share them with a friend or colleague that might find the tips valuable.  Thank you for being a faithful supporter of Dr. Cris, the Dream Job Doctor.   

Great Career Tip # 1Consider your job skills as transferable


I know that all of you have gained valuable skills over the years. And those skills when necessary can be tapped into in order to secure an employment opportunity when you find yourself between jobs. Any skill that you can consider a specified talent is a gift and an untapped resource that can transition you into a career that perhaps you may have thought you were not qualified for. 

For example, when I left my cushy job as a retail manager and started a position as a residential coordinator for a university, one of the first comments that the assistant director of the housing shared with me was that “my managerial skills were transferable,” meaning that all of my years of retail managing customer relation issues could now be used to assist students who live in the residence halls. Initially I didn’t realize exactly what I was getting myself into, not that college life was foreign to me, but living among hundreds of college students at one time did take a bit of getting used to. 

 
The lesson here is simple: what skills can you offer an employer that perhaps you haven’t considered the true value of? What are the skills that you offer that you may consider as routine? Re-evaluate your talents and consider how you can use them in a career that may give you more fulfillment and job satisfaction.


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