An education is the ultimate investment in your career, but there are a few cheap and easy tricks that can help your professional future more than you think. Get a lot of bang from your buck when you take advantage of these small ideas:
1. Business Cards
Never be caught without one. Your LinkedIn profile is a modern version of the business card, but when you’re in a face-to-face setting, you need to pass along something tangible. Make a personal business card on a site like moo.com and include the URLs to your LinkedIn and Twitter presences as well as your personal email address.
2. An Iron and an Ironing Board
If your shirt is only “kinda” wrinkly, don’t think you can get away with it at an interview. Best dressed means best pressed. Make sure your suit, pants or skirt, and shirts are perfectly crisp before headed to a networking event or interview. To prevent instant wrinkles, let the items cool for 15 minutes before getting dressed. Or iron the night before.
3. A Good Tailor
Find someone who can affordably hem all of your work pants, jacket sleeves, and whatever else needs a bit of pinning or tucking. A good tailor can make a cheap suit look like a million bucks just by fitting it to your body perfectly. When buying interview attire, budget in a little wiggle room for a tailor. If that means buying a cheaper suit, so be it.
What else would you add?
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