Ask DN: I’m not a freelancer; I don’t own my own business; I’m just looking for a job — should I have a business card?

4 years ago from , Web Designer, Lyon

Sorry for the long title but I think it explains my question pretty well. At the moment, I’m just looking for a job, so I will be mostly sending out CVs by email and then leaving a copy of my CV at interviews. Do you think I should get business cards printed as well?


  • Gokhun GuneyhanGokhun Guneyhan, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    It's not you "should" but of course you can. Truth is you don't need it at all. I've worked for 4 agencies and now it's been 2 years that I'm a freelancer, I only had business cards once and never gave them to a client.

    In fact, I think a followup email to say "thank you for the interview etc etc" or for anything related to your interview would work much better.

    6 points
  • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, 4 years ago

    If it's a cool business card it can make you stand out. If it sucks it'll do the opposite.

    5 points
    • Max LindMax Lind, 4 years ago

      Agree with Joel. So long as it makes you memorable or at least is interesting, you're golden ("interesting" used very loosely as of course it all depends on taste).

      I'm in the, 'be different' camp, especially when it comes to this sorta thing (resumes, business cards, etc).

      0 points
  • Alex CampAlex Camp, 4 years ago

    You never know who you'll bump into. It's wise to have a couple on you when going to places where mingling might happen.

    3 points
  • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, 4 years ago

    May appear more professional/serious than the other candidates, but not required by any means.

    2 points
  • Josh Aronoff, 4 years ago

    The worst thing in the world is to be given a business card from a potential employer or client and not have one to give back.

    That being said, I've only had that happen once or twice. It was enough for me to get 50 or so business cards printed just to have them for that reason.

    Also like others are saying, you never know when you'll need one. You may over hear people talking at a bar or someplace and be able to help them with your services. Having a business card in that sense adds to your credibility.

    I say get some, but don't go nuts. You don't need 1000 but 100 would work, and last you for 3 years.

    1 point
  • Drew BeckDrew Beck, 4 years ago

    I got cards printed a few years ago and have been so happy I did. Having something to give someone after you meet is so helpful, and an opportunity to show off your particular style.

    Whether you end up attaching it to your CV or leaving it after interviews, I'm not sure, but I can't recommend making a card for yourself enough.

    1 point
    • Shane C, 4 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. Nice to know you’re happy with it :-)

      0 points
  • Sabih MirSabih Mir, 4 years ago

    No, it's a waste of paper. If you want to flex your layout/graphic design skills then it probably make sense but otherwise it really serves no purpose that an exchange of email addresses won't solve. If you find yourself often without a phone, or have a huge wallet you need to fill with more small bits of dead tress that will inevitably get bruised and shitty, by all means. :)

    The amount of cards I've thrown away over the years when I've left jobs...senseless and kinda gross.

    1 point
    • Shane C, 4 years ago

      I appreciate that you think of the environment. Whenever I receive a business card I always feel guilty about throwing it away putting it in the recycle bin, a) because I feel bad for the guy who spent money on getting it printed and b) because I feel bad for the poor auld tree that got cut down.

      1 point
  • Joe Crupi, 4 years ago


    1 point
  • pjotr .pjotr ., 4 years ago

    Probably but only 50 or so. I bought like 200 one time and I've still got like 190 left.

    1 point
  • cliff nowickicliff nowicki, 4 years ago

    I say you should get a business card. I don't think it's necessary for face to face interviews, but it's a nice quick giveaway and a "please consider me since we just talked" note when you're networking. If you're looking for a new job, then odds are you're out networking with people and I'm sure you'd rather carry around a card and not a stack of resumes to casually give someone right?

    1 point
  • Adam RasheedAdam Rasheed, 4 years ago

    I haven't seen business cards give anyone an advantage, but I have seen people with passionate personal projects get a huge leg up in the hiring process.

    A personal project that you're passionate about and which utilizes the skills the hiring party is looking for shows that you not only know skills, but you also know how to apply them in real world scenarios. It also shows that you value the great end result, notjust whatever your sole job responsibilities are.

    1 point
  • Justin WJustin W, 4 years ago

    I think it's worthwhile. Mind you, I usually forget to carry cards and when I do they end up pretty dog-eared in my coat. And, a few people have straight up told me they just don't bother with them anymore.

    However, my creative director met with someone that had nice cards with some cool illustration and they are still on his desk weeks later. So, don't disregard them completely...

    1 point
    • Shane C, 4 years ago

      However, my creative director met with someone that had nice cards with some cool illustration and they are still on his desk weeks later. So, don't disregard them completely...

      This is definitely a key point. Someone else already mentioned it in another way, but there is no point getting business cards done if they just look average/like everyone elses.

      I met another designer in a pub once whose freelance business was called Egg Design. He handed me his business card. It was in the shape of an egg. Simple. Effective. I loved it.

      1 point
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 4 years ago

    What is a business card?

    1 point
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, 4 years ago

    Couldn't hurt, especially if you go to networking and events and such.

    1 point
    • Shane C, 4 years ago

      I guess it’s better getting them now. I usually think of business cards just a few days before events, but then I just say “Oh well, too late now” :-P

      0 points
  • Frédéric AudetFrédéric Audet, 4 years ago

    Why not.

    0 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, 4 years ago

    OP: Where do you live? Do you have a website? The company I work at his hiring.

    0 points