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Whether or not I think administrative professionals need business cards is a question I get asked all the time. In this day and age of social media and networking online it seems that people are forgetting about the importance of business cards. No, business cards are not a thing of the past. You need a few business cards on hand at all times. There are a few reasons why an admin might be in need of a business card.
You never know who you will meet. Having a business card on hand can make sure that you are able to share information with whoever you meet, whether it is an old high school flame or the CEO of a major company that just so happens to need a new assistant. Rather than having people store your information in their PDA or cellular phone, hand them a business card. It has all of your information on it, not just the basics. Full name, address, title, phone number and email addresses can all be found on one card.
Okay, this is a silly one but it is very true. Haven't you ever seen a fishbowl asking for business cards? The person whose card is drawn gets 20 free burritos or lunch for the entire office or some other awesome prize. This is also a great way to network. If you don't have a business card, you can't play.
It's About Professionalism
Having business cards can make you an instant professional, at least in the eyes of other people. When asked what you do for a living, you can tell people and then hand them a business card to back up your story. If you want to be viewed as a real professional, at least have a few business cards on you at all times.
So many people think that business cards aren't necessary for administrative professionals, especially those that have jobs already. The truth is that you never know what life is going to bring your way. Have some business cards printed; your career will only be better for it.