Many teachers still think word of mouth is the best way to get a teaching job and that a business card is a requirement only for people in administration, not for those in the classroom. The truth is that even for a teacher, there are many instances when having a business card ready to hand out can actually be a lifesaver. And if not a lifesaver, it can at least make your professional life easier.
Here are five tips to create a business card that will appeal any potential employer.
Step 1. Which tool to use.
The most obvious choices to use when making business cards are Microsoft Publisher and Word. They are both relatively cheap and comprehensive programs, suited for quick business card creation — not to mention they are very easy to use, even for beginners.
They already come with presets and templates that can be personalized in minutes. However, if you want some more freedom, you will probably need more sophisticated graphic editing tools, like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, or, if money is tight, their free equivalents GIMP, InkScape and Scribus.
Step 2. What information to include.
The most important requirement for your business card is your contact information: name, address, phone number, and email. Your clients should know right away how and where they can reach you when they need it.
In addition to your contact details, you should include your personal experience and specialties. This will ensure that the right people will seek your assistance. All your information should be written in a clear and concise manner.
Step 3. Which graphics to choose.
Graphics should complete your information and should be relevant enough to indicate your skills and the teaching position you are interested in. Also, visuals should send a message to your specific audience, so choose them appropriately.
- Who’s your card for?
- Who are your students?
- Who are their parents?
If you are teaching older pupils, avoid childish illustrations. But if you work with small kids, go for colorful artworks.
Step 4. Keep it simple with templates.
Templates are the easiest choice if you want to make your card without having to learn about design. Templates are usually print-ready and are available in a range of formats, sizes, colors, and so on: You just have to fill them with your personal details.
Many commercial printers (see Step 5) have their own templates that can be downloaded for free or customized online.
Step 5. Professional printing.
If you want to make a large amount of cards to distribute, the best option to optimize costs and save on time and resources is to find a professional printer. There are several online printing services that will handle the printing process for you and will ship anywhere in the world. Many of them will also offer design and customization support.
A friendly reminder.
Even if your recruits and employers don’t get back to you right away, giving them a card as a reminder will definitely come in handy, and it will increase your chances of getting a job that suits your ambitions and qualifications. Happy hunting!