Before I came to Knoxville this summer, I wanted to make sure that I was all stocked up on business cards. I've spent a lot of time thinking about me, my brand, the Punchbowl, and how I want to convey all that because at the end of the day (or the career fair, or the interview) you are who you are. The company that you're interviewing with will ultimately be hiring YOU. You, with all of your interests and ideas and quirks. Therefore, the you that you present to them should be honest-- because being you is what sets you apart from everyone else interviewing for that job.
When I started working on my business cards last winter, I tried very hard to present a good corporate image. Responsible, business-like, creative, hip and designerly. But the results were flat, and they didn't feel like me. But when I thought about what I wanted to convey about myself (at this point in my life and career, because hello-- these things change) and what I know sets me apart, I kept coming back to my love of craft and the handmade. I love handrawn fonts. I love hand illustrations and the imperfections that come from the human touch. It finally dawned on me that perhaps I should make my business cards.
Not only did it give potential employers a clear sense of the designer that they would be hiring, but it was a great conversation starter-- which helped me identify companies with whom I knew I could connect well. It's hard; you want to be everything to every company when you're looking for a job. But you'll be doing yourself a favor if you look at it as interviewing them as well and be yourself.
So, I put my maker-hat on, and got down to business. I designed a logo and had a rubber stamp made from rubberstamps.net. I then gathered my supplies (check out Paper Source for stamping supplies; they also have an incredible paper selection) and got to stamping. Each one is a little different, but they're all extremely personal. And that's just how I like it!