What’s the first thing you do after meeting someone? Search for them on Facebook? Google them? Follow them on Twitter? Essentially cyber stalk your new acquaintance. Don’t be ashamed. We all do it.
HR representatives use these tactics daily to get a glimpse into the lives of prospective employees. We’ve all heard the perpetual warning from parents and professors: “Be smart about the content you post online. Don’t post pictures online of you doing a keg stand, your escapades on Bourbon Street and such.”
So, when a potential employer Googles you, what comes up? Are you all business or all biddie? If you feel that the Google results provide an accurate representation of your skills, experience, passions and interests, then why not use this nifty, new era business card designed by Facebook Creative Director Ji Lee?
Now, let’s compare my two cards:
Since the other Katelyn Stokes is a rising tennis star featured in the Washington Post, I often compete with her for the number one, two and three spots. However, recently, my Twitter and this blog have helped me score top rankings. Therefore, I would feel comfortable giving out the Google Me business card.
Although, I think my traditional business card provides more pizazz than the card with the standard Google interface featuring my name. Also, this style business card lists all my contact information. If you Googled me, you would only find ways to reach me virally: Twitter, LinkedIn and email.
Which card proves more effective?
I think it depends on what results appear when you Google your name. Also, it depends on your audience. If you are applying for a stiff, corporate suit-type job then I say stick with the more traditional style business card. For people in more creative fields who have “optimized” names, I recommend the Google Me card format.