Career Preparation // Professionalism
Exchanging Business Cards

This activity introduces students to the purpose of business cards.

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

25

Instructions

Many businesses and companies provide business cards for their employees, but also many people create their own because new and emerging technology make it so easy.

Think about what type of information would be optional and what would be optional or not appropriate. Consider the following:

  • Name
  • Name of your school and Career Academy
  • Home or school address/city/zip
  • Telephone contact (cell or home)
  • E-mail address
  • Facebook page
  • Twitter account

Digital Dirt

Why would it be professional suicide to have inappropriate information on your Facebook or other social media accounts/sites? It is a commonly accepted fact that potential employers WILL search the internet for information about you. Some people have one email account for friends and family and a different account (with a presentable name) for professional interactions. Having a business card is also a good practice for those looking for work.

Look at the handout, Creating Your Business Card and participate in a read-aloud as directed. Read the handout, Tips for Exchanging Business Cards, and answer the "why" questions.

Teacher Notes

Tips for Creating Business Cards

Tell students that many businesses and companies provide business cards for their employees, but also many people create their own because new and emerging technology makes it so easy. Refer to the handout, Creating Your Business Card, and use a quick round-robin read aloud. Take a few moments to discuss the two questions.

Tips for Exchanging Business Cards

Pick a student and model introducing yourself to the student and giving your business card. Ask the class for feedback on your giving and the student receiving the business card. Direct students to Tips for Exchanging Business Cards. Give them a chance to read it and answer the “why” questions. Do a quick round robin to share their answers.

Assessment Notes

Completion of worksheet

Return to Career Readiness
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