You never know where your next networking opportunity might come from; there is always the potential to meet someone new or run into someone you know who may have the ability to help you land your next job. Nobody I know carries a stack of resumes around with them at all times so rather than let the opportunity pass you by, take advantage of a pocket resume or mini resume.
You’re probably asking, “What is a pocket resume?” A pocket resume is a great concept that allows you to carry your career qualifications with you at all times so that you are able to network efficiently at a moment’s notice. Basically, it’s like a business card but not an ordinary business card; a pocket resume offers even more. This mini version of your resume can fit easily into your wallet which allows you to keep it readily on hand so that you are not caught without it when you most need it.
A pocket resume should contain a brief summary of your career experience, your personal strengths and skills, and your contact information including website addresses where your complete resume can be viewed. Some pocket resumes offer space to include a photo as well. Depending on the style you choose you may have more or less room for the information you want to include.
The style of your mini resume could be as simple as a two sided business card; however this option doesn’t allow for much space. Another option is a fold out business card style that pretty much looks like a miniaturized version of your resume.
One company I found, www.printingforless1.com offers the fold out version of the mini resume. With this style you can have your picture and contact information on the front and a professional overview, qualifications, education, and experience on the inside and back. There is plenty of room for promoting your career attributes. What starts out as a convenient business card size can be unfolded into a 4 x 7 document.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something less expensive, then you can’t beat free; www.avery.com offers step by step instructions on how to print your own two-sided business cards with a variety of template options to choose from. You won’t have the luxury of space with this option but with some creativity you can create an effective mini-mini version of your resume.
I think what is most important, with whatever option you choose, is that you are creating a networking resource. As long as you are doing something that maximizes your opportunity to effectively network, you are benefitting your job search and career goals. Even a simple business card is better than nothing.
Networking is essential, especially if you are actively looking for a new job. Since you never know who you might meet, I think a pocket or mini resume is a great idea. It’s convenient and unique. I think that anyone receiving a pocket resume would be impressed. It’s not something you see every day and could make you stand out.
by Megan Koehler