VFX Festival in London's Shoreditch a number of our students were meeting with recruiters from some of the big VFX houses such as MPC and Framestore. I asked the students - have you brought business cards?
Almost none had. In this digital age, you might think that business cards might be a little old-fashioned, but actually, they're still an important part of the jobs toolkit.
An attractive business card is still the best way to hand over your details to a stranger. Especially when you meet a recruiter, it's important that are able to easily access all the important information they need to know about you: your name, email address, phone number - and a link to your website or blog. The easiest way to do this is via a business card - better by miles than writing your phone number on a cocktail napkin or a scrap of paper.
The good news is that business cards are nowadays very cheap to make. I generally use Moo.com; their interface is simple and easy to use, and within a few minutes you can place an order for 50 cards for just £15.
Wherever and whenever you go, and especially when you meet recruiters at events like the VFX festival, students and graduates should always make sure you have a polished demo reel, and up-to-date CV or resume, and a sack full of business cards. If you are making contacts (which is a good thing), you will be handing out a lot of cards.
A well-polished business card is still the best way to say "here is who I am" and "don't forget me tomorrow".
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