Networking Cards

Why use a networking card when job searching?

Networking Card    |    (Mini Résumé)

Instead of writing your info on a napkin or piece of scrap paper, be more professional.  A networking card, or mini résumé contains a brief summary of your career highlight qualifications, and can be used for networking purposes to help you get a job.  

Sample Networking Card (Mini Résumé):

Sample Networking Card

List your objective on your networking card, for example:

Jobseeker or Seeking a position with a sports company or

Seeking a Position in Customer Service or

Actively Seeking New Opportunities or

Exploring New Career Opportunities 

Developing a networking card takes no time at all and can be one of your most effective marketing tools.  It is simple, easy and straight to the point.

 Contact Information

Your networking card should clearly include information on how the employer can contact you.  Alternatively, your contact information can be printed on the front of a standard size business card with your career highlights on the back.  Unless you have a home business which is open to the public., etc., you don’t necessarily need to include your home address.

QR Codes in Job Search: Really?

What is a QR Code?

Lami_Business_CardsQuick Response codes, “QR codes” for short, originated in Japan, where organizations have been using them for a number of years. These days, businesses around the world use QR codes to advertise, market, and promote their companies, services, and products.

These little, square codes are similar to traditional barcodes you find on price tags in stores. However, they are quickly gaining in popularity because they can hold far more information such as website links, phone numbers, email addresses, and other text.

The code is actually a picture with embedded information. When someone scans the picture using a mobile application (QR Code Reader) or another scanning device, the details within the picture open up.  A QR code can be built to open up a V-Card that includes your contact information, credentials, LinkedIn address, Twitter handle, Skype name, blog, and/or website, making it very easy for people to add you to their contact list on their on cell phone.

QR codes are mostly for mobile communications hardware.  QR codes are primarily used on smart phones. Mobile apps allow recruiters and employers to familiarize themselves with candidates using devices such as Blackberrys, iPhones, android phones, and iPads.

Pioneering job seekers, consultants, and other entrepreneurs are starting to use QR codes in resumes, business cards, and other documents in their marketing portfolio. The primary purpose of the code is to provide detailed information to networking contacts, recruiters, and employers. However, more advanced individuals can also track the usage of the code.

Who should use a QR Code?

Clearly, in terms of career development or job search, QR codes are in the very early stages of development.

Certain professionals might want to use QR codes to show that they are on the leading edge of technology. By incorporating a code into their self-marketing material, they can advance their career by providing others with a concise link to information they want to share. By disseminating a QR code, they are also demonstrating their proficiency in the technology.

Good candidates for QR Codes:

  • Job seekers specializing in advertising, marketing, communications, and business development could add a code to their business card and portfolio cover to show off their understanding of the technology and to advance their career.
  • Professionals in technology-related roles might want to put a code on their resume to show that they are progressive and that they keep up with advancements in technology.
  • Management consultants might use various QR codes in brochures, magazine ads, and proposals to advertise, deploy promotions, and expand their business.

Some progressive employers such as marketing firms, advertising agencies, and software technology firms are likely to find a candidate who has an understanding of the technology appealing. If you are targeting organizations that use such codes in their business, it may be advantageous to add a QR code to your resume.

Can anyone generate a code?

Yes. If you feel that a QR code will be beneficial on your resume, narrative biography, or business card, you can easily create one.

A quick Google search will uncover many internet applications that can help you generate your own QR code. Some even have the capability to track people scanning your QR code: 

A free, easy to use text or link QR code generator. 

A free QR code generator with multiple tabs for different types of codes. 

A free colour QR code generator with a variety of options, including LinkedIn and vCard. 

If you are serious about generating a QR code to create a mobile-friendly page and manage your job search, check out this up-and-coming service. Vizibility has a free, easy-to-use interface to help you present details about your background in a mini-online marketing visual. You can rank and manage Google search results for your name so that you can show the most important and appropriate ones to people who scan your QR code. Advanced features will allow you to track people who have used the code.



37 Examples Of Using QR Codes

QR Code Talking Business Card

You only get one chance to make a first impression!

Paper Business Cards or Plastic Business Cards?

  • Create a lasting first impression 

  • Create a reward or discount card for your business

  • Experience an increase in repeat business / referrals  

  • Stand out from the competition and get attention

  • Instead of being thrown away, your cards are passed on 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. 

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