Whether you are a student getting ready to graduate or someone that is re-entering the job market, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having a business card. Your business card is the first introduction of you as a professional. Hand your business card to EVERYONE you meet. You never know who may be looking to hire or who will know someone else who is looking to hire. I have had people tell me that they made a job connection at a coffee shop, at a social event and even on the bus. You just never know so be prepared to leave a lasting impression.
My advice is to purchase the best business card paper stock you can afford. You can go to a local print shop, or you can get them online, but do not buy cards with advertising on the back…I hear from recruiters that they are perceived as unprofessional.