Id like to have business cards made for myself for networking. Should I use my work or home contact information?
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Networking Nurse,
If youre employed and dont have a card, consider asking your supervisor to pay for obtaining them. Tell her a card is part of a professional image and youll use them to network at association meetings and other events. Professional business cards enhance not only your image, but your facilitys image as well.
If your supervisor wont obtain business cards for you, you can have them made yourself. Theyre relatively easy and inexpensive to have printed. For non-employer related use, use your personal/home information. One advantage of using your personal information versus work contact is you dont have to get a new card made every time you change jobs. You also wouldnt want someone calling you at work about a potential job opportunity.
Along with your name and credentials (e.g. RN, BS), include your phone and e-mail address. It is not necessary to include your snail mail address on a personal card, but you can if you wish. Keep it simple and professional and make sure the print is large enough to be easily readable.
Carry your business cards wherever you go. Dont leave them on your desk, in the car or at home. You never know who youll meet, often in unexpected ways and places. Keep some in your wallet or purse at all times. Consider getting a business card holder to keep your cards. This keeps them from getting dog-eared in your pocket and makes for a professional presentation.