Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I Get What I Want

Thanks to everyone on the well wishes with my new job. The update is that although I will lose all of the vacation time I had, my last day at Old Hag PR and Inc. will be this Friday. My new job as Marketing/PR Coordinator for hip, start-up that services the travel and destination industry will start next Wed. It's not as long a break as I would hope, but hey I need the money!!

Which leads me to my next question: is it cheesy to have personal calling cards? They're sorta like business cards but might contain your cell # and personal email, as opposed to work info (my god I'm a stationary whore!). I ask because while networking I like to give out my contact info but not necessarily have people bothering me on my work phone. Some paper companies make very expensive calling cards (Kate Spade is there ANYthing you won't make and brand as preppy? Next they'll have Kate Spade gel shoe inserts) and come in a variety of designs for "personal expression." Of course if I order cards I will be tempted to involve the title "Esquire" in there somewhere....

13 Comments:

Blogger Crazy Girl City said...

Congrats on the new job! My last day at work is also Friday, then onto bigger and better things. So believe me when I say I feel your excitement!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Congrats, VPD.

Shouldn't your company provide you with the cards? Or are you talking about something else?

I see cell #'s on lots of business cards. I do not put mine on there because I don't want to be bothered by some people.

3:27 PM  
Blogger VP of Dior said...

crazygcity: good luck!

phil: you can put your cell # on your company business card and yes my new company will give me business cards. but calling cards are for more informal, social reasons. maybe i should stop having grand ideas about being a socialite...

but here's an example for when you might want a calling card: you're walking around in nashville and you see kenny rogers. it takes you a minute to recognize him (naturally anyone would at this point) and you start to chat. he asks how he can reach you to send a bucket o' chicken on his dime. instead of giving him a business card w/ work info, you can hand him your personal card with cell, home address, and personal email so that he can reach you. how's that sound?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Yeah for the new job! I'm happy for you!

Hey, I know lots of people that have personal cards. Nothing cheesy about it!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Law-Rah said...

I will play devil's advocate here. I personally think it is kinda cheesy. Before anyone gets insulted, I am not (necessarily) saying it means the person is cheesy, just the concept. In a way, I think the business card is a sort of "status" symbol in that a boss or employer thinks your information is important enough for people to want to hold onto. So, for someone to make their own cards (without owning their own business) is kinda self-important. Even if it is for social reasons. Granted, I was not raised in a city such as our nation's capital where people pass out business cards cards at every occassion.

5:19 PM  
Blogger O-FACE said...

Kind of agree with Lawrah--- Looks cheese, sounds cheese, smells cheese--is cheese.
I would create a small business so you can have a legitimate reason for having them. Pussycat Dolls Inc or something. Just makes people take you more serious and professional.

6:03 PM  
Blogger K said...

I wondered about the calling cards too. Why not? It's like you're an "international woman of mystery". Congrats on the job! Hooray!!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Congratulations on your upcoming new employment.

As for the personal calling cards? Completely charming and absolutely appropriate.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

If it's Kenny you're talking about, yes, that sounds like a great idea.

Anyone else? I'd be a bit leery with my home address on it. Might even be sketchy about having my home phone on it, too.

Because anyone I truly trust with that info doesn't need a card anyway.

If I meet someone new, whether it be Ray Stevens or Wink Martindale, usually the Playaz business card is what they get. But that only has my email address.

But that's just how I roll..

12:33 PM  
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12:35 PM  
Blogger Cail said...

I've got to agree with Law-rah. It reminds me a little of the machines that they had in the mall when I was younger, where the boys would make cards advertising their services as a pimp, or something equally charming.

I have calling cards with just my full name on them that I use for social occasions, like afternoon weddings, teas, deb parties, to enclose with gifts, and things like that. (I'm from New Orleans, and that's just one of our things)
I suppose you could have some of those made up, and then handwrite any pertinent information on the back?

1:22 PM  
Blogger Smash said...

I want personal cards! What a great idea. And, the cute Kate Spade stuff is the way to go!

4:34 PM  
Blogger NubianTemptres43 said...

congrats on the job!

there is nothing wrong with using calling cards to be a pseudo-socialite - if you act as if you are one, people will eventually believe you and treat you like one ;)

go for the cards, its the new thing - i'm gonna order a batch for job searches that match my resume paper and thank you cards and a cute personal set.

1:13 PM  

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