Business cards are excellent tools for networking and represents reliability. Attaching a business card to your resume as a reference tool may be a good idea sometimes. Know when it is appropriate to include your business card and when it is not.

Deciding when to attach a business card

1) Business cards are appropriate when you are submitting your resume in person or if it is unsolicited. Otherwise, your resume should have your contact information at the top and a business card is unnecessary. 

2) Working as a
freelancer? Business card makes it convenient for clients to contact you. 

3) It is good business etiquette to ask for a business card in return.  Not only does it show your interest in the individual but having their business card provides you with convenient information. You may need their contact details to follow up with an

4) Do not provide your business card from your previous or current company when applying for another job. Offer a business card with only your name, job title and contact details.

How to attach your business card

1) When submitting your resume via post or in person, secure your business card with a paper clip to your document s on the top left hand corner.  Do not use a staple as it will damage your documents in the process of removing your business card from your resume.

2) Some employers might request for an e-business card to be submitted together with your resume. In this case, scan your business card and attach the image in the body of the email.

3) If you are faxing your resume, fax a copy of your business card as well. Do include a cover letter for your fax with your contact details.

Just as cover letters go with resumes, attaching a business card to your resume makes your resume stands out. It shows your employer that you are serious and interested in getting the job.

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