About 10 billion business cards are printed in the U.S. each year, and they’re not all for people who are employed, according to The Design Inspiration. When you’re looking for a job, whether you’re currently employed or not, having a professional card to hand out will give you a confidence boost. Business cards can accelerate your search, too, because they set you apart from the rest of the candidates in the minds of hiring managers and interviewers. And if you happen to run into someone on the street who may be able to hook you up with a job, a business card is a positive, professional way of slipping him your contact information as you casually mention that you’re “looking.”

Everyone Should Have Them

Everyone, regardless of employment status, should carry business cards at all times. You never know when you’ll accidentally run into someone who is hiring or who could advance your career. According to LearnVest, a personal finance planning company, business cards are the best method of channeling job opportunities your way because they’re a professional, efficient way to let people know how to get in touch with you.

KISS: Keep It Simple (job) Seeker

You can get reasonably-priced cards with your own design from websites that print business cards. If you’ve never put together information for a business card, don’t get overwhelmed. Just keep things simple and basic. Your name and contact information, such as your mobile phone number and email address, are necessities. Include a job title, if you’re employed, or a descriptive title, such as “Chef,” “Writer” or “Office Management Expert” if you happen to be between jobs but have an expertise you want to advertise.

Job Seeking Simplified

Sending out resumes day in, day out can be time consuming, and it can wear down your self-confidence, too. Forbes advises job seekers to stop sending out resumes and start handing out business cards instead. The employed person who is looking to advance his career is probably already doing it, but the unemployed job seeker tends to overlook the value of handing out business cards. It can create or strengthen a relationship with a business contact and present you as the answer to their problems.

Your Mini-Resume

Business cards are easier to carry than a portfolio full of resume copies, so let those little cardstock wonders serve as your mini-resume. It’s a trend that’s increasingly common as hiring managers and business owners have less time to read through lengthy CVs. According to the Job Search Guru, putting the main points of your resume onto a business card lets you share your skills and the type of job you’re looking for in a simple, easy to understand way. So how much should you fit onto a 3 1/2 by 2-inch card? Put your name in the biggest font at the top, with your job or descriptive title in slightly smaller font directly below it. Place one or two sentences in the middle of the card that summarize your years of experience, your skills and talents and include any accomplishments of note, such as “Editor and co-publisher of fitness manual, $1 million in sales.” Your mobile number and email address go at the bottom, along with your personal URL or the address to your LinkedIn profile, if you have one.