Companies now looking for more than a resume

Doveana Petty

With throngs of students vying for lucrative positions, standing out in the crowd may be key to gaining a competitive edge. And a snappy suit and flawless resume may no longer be enough to be the apple of a recruiter’s eye. Business cards could be the key to a future job.

“To hand over your business card is a really important cue to signal your professionalism and make yourself memorable,” said Pamela Grimm, associate professor of marketing. Last spring, she encouraged students to get cards before “Spring Into Success,” an annual job fair.

Lindsey Pollak, a career-advice blogger and author, agreed students should have business cards.

“It’s simple: You need a way to give people your contact information when you meet them. Writing your phone number on a cocktail napkin or ATM receipt is cute at a party, but it sends the wrong message when you’re networking professionally,” she said.

To meet this need, the Kent Entrepreneurial Association has begun selling business cards to students – 30 cards for $5 and 60 cards for $8. Sarah Hansel, KEA co-president and junior business management and marketing major, said the group is trying to push awareness of card-holding benefits.

The cards can be found at a kiosk on the second floor of the Business Administration Building, open from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Contact business administration and ROTC reporter Doveana Petty at [email protected].