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1 Sacramento Professional Network Business Cards for the Job Hunter aka Networking Cards aka Resume Highlights Cards aka The Mini Resume

2 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Overview Share information on business (networking) cards and spark ideas for your job hunt Provide a context to discuss how SacProNet.com can be used as a collaborative tool Propose the 15 minute (maybe 30) format for presenting job hunting information And as a volunteer organization –Take what you want –Leave what you don’t –Provide feedback and enhancements if you want to

3 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Business Cards as the Mini Resume Can use key components from your resume Can use the front and back of the card They are the currency of the business world –a resume says job hunter (nuisance, pest) –a business card says colleague or peer –may help even the playing field if only slightly Core tool for networking and finding the hidden job market Part of an overall marketing campaign – brand yourself

4 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Additional Benefits Limited space forces you to focus on the key things you want to say about yourself Less physical space leaves less room to provide potentially damaging information – like gaps in employment Focuses more on who you are and what you want to do, less on what you did It is another kind of “in” that can help bypass the traditional HR weeding out process At our experience level business cards are appropriate – conveys professionalism, seriousness May provide relief for a hiring manager or recruiter overwhelmed with resumes Can carry cards with you at all times

5 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Samples Front Back

6 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! More Samples

7 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Even More Samples Sacramento Professional Network “Hire Experience” SacProNet John Plane President Cell John Plane Cell Resume Committee Chair Vernon Miller Project Director Finance and Information Systems Folsom, CA phone: (916) MBA – Finance MCSE, MCDBA combining diverse business and technical knowledge to achieve project success Selective Accomplishments Skills and Knowledge Areas  Built and managed IT project teams of up to 20 people in a variety of development environments and across multiple industries  Rescued a government transportation asset management system project, reducing operating expenses by over $1.2 million annually  Migrated an e-commerce startup focused on electronic exchanges to a lower TCO platform saving $1.5 million  Developed a professional services organization for a startup providing B2B and B2C electronic billing solutions  Aptitude for leading technical talent  Technical: ERP, business intelligence and reporting, database management and web applications  Industries: Financial Services, Government, Transportation, e-Commerce, Manufacturing, Data Processing

8 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Couple of “Out There” Samples

9 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Specifications / Checklists ItemDescription Card size3.5” x 2” Font type and sizeArial, Times New Roman, Verdana Weight80 pound (standard) to 100 pound + FinishSmooth (most popular), linen, laid Material / Tactile (feel of card)Cover stock, glossy, plastic? Basic contact informationName, phone, , web Marketing information – what you want to say about yourself Title, slogan, skills, industry, function, accomplishments, education, objective? Graphics / logo / image / picturesOptional ColorB&W, 1 color, full color QuantityRanges from 50 up to 1,000 Reference checklistBusinessCards.doc on website for a detailed list

10 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Design and Buy Online Online Only VistaPrint: Zazzle: Moo: Plastek Cards Environmentally friendly: GreenerPrinter: Pixxlz: Local and Online FedEx Office: Office Depot : Office Max: Staples:

11 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Make Your Own Requirements Computer Software –Word –Publisher –Avery DesignPro –Visio –Photoshop –PaintShop Pro Printer –Laser – b&w –InkJet – color Templates Microsoft office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/ Avery Stock – a Standard –5371 – laser –8371 – inkjet color –8871 – inkjet color Examples and templates are posted on the website

12 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Combination Design your own on your own computer / software –Word –Publisher Take file to local printer for printing –Flash drive – Printer will do final formatting May receive a file back for future use Fast turn times

13 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Electronic Business Cards (EBC) vCard format –Virtual card –Internet standard for exchanging business cards –.vcf – virtual card file format / extension Using Microsoft Outlook –Create an entry in Contacts with your own information –Add it to your signature –Recipients can automatically load your information into their contacts from the attached.vcf file Training –Microsoft website – –Search phrase: “create and use your own electronic business card” Alternative media –Mobile / Cell / iPhone –Twitter –Web

14 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Comparison Matrix CategoryBuyMakeCombovCard CostFree + Shipping up to $30 / hundred full color No shipping Toner, paper costs Avoid shipping if done in store Average $20 to $30 / hundred – full color No cost Material QualityAs high as you want to pay for Relatively low Also limited by what your printer can handle Relatively low Referred back to online services for better stock NA Print QualityHighDepends on your printerHighNA CustomizationHigh Many online templates Full * Limited Note:if you create your own cards you will have the benefit of being forced to test / refine your computer skills.

15 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Ideas for Using Business Cards Networking events Meetup groups –www.meetup.comwww.meetup.com –Search for local professional networks Include with all correspondence, including bill payments back Include with hand written thank you notes following interviews Place on bulletin boards at restaurants, supermarkets, libraries, and your children's schools? Place a stack in your local dry cleaner? Business card magnets? Have them with you all the time, use them anywhere and everywhere

16 The SacProNet Website Links To …CombinationOn Website A Starting Point

17 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Collaboration We work mostly in Microsoft Office – leverage it SacProNet.com can provide a central storage area for member contributed content Members can also go to the website and download these files for their own use Files posted: –Presentations –Templates –Checklists –Samples –Links

18 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Where on the Website? Menu: Member > Job Resources > Business Cards or URL:

19 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Proposal - The 15 Minute Presentation Monday morning presentation format –Get in –Quickly share ideas –Get out –Get a job Standardize (brand) all SacProNet.com presentations on a common theme or template

20 Sacramento Professional Network Hire Experience! Subjects for Presentations Personal website –Get content ideas from Corporate Warriors – Groups – meetup / trade / user Use of social media in the job search Online resources for the job search Networking Finding the hidden job market How to use career events Job training / continuing education How to use SacProNet.com Cover letters Resumes Working with recruiters State employment Unemployment insurance


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