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enlight85
June 18th, 2015, 04:14
Do you have one?

Do you need one?

Do people give them to you?

Is it 'cringey' to have one made? A waste of time?

I don't know who I am anymore!

uthinkimlost?
June 18th, 2015, 06:37
Why would you want cards with "CircusMonkey" printed on them?

until you get a real job, no one will want your card.

Ananasboat
June 18th, 2015, 07:38
I've not seen an ALT with business cards. They kinda seem like a waste for us, tbh.

But I did get this awesome business card from a "famous" Japanese country singer. It's pretty sick looking. THAT's interesting.

But most of the time you'll get cards from people higher up on the BOE food chain, or randos that you meet when you visit other places.

webstaa
June 18th, 2015, 08:16
Yes, my BoE wanted me to have some to exchange etc. I got the very basic simple ones with my name in English, katakana and some contact details/job description.

To be honest, I've exchanged business cards maybe 7-8 times over 2 years. For me, a complete waste of time. At least it didn't cost me any money.

Zolrak 22
June 18th, 2015, 09:06
I have business cards, but only because they work as teasers of my portfolio.

My card is set up so that the front has a design with my information and the back has an example of one of my works. Each card is different so customers/acquaintances are inspired to meet/do business with me again just so they'll collect them all.

sourdoughsushi
June 18th, 2015, 09:09
It's good you're thinking of it, but no. Just no.

uthinkimlost?
June 18th, 2015, 09:10
A Design student with a wacky business card. ​Quelle surprise.

Ananasboat
June 18th, 2015, 09:12
I have business cards, but only because they work as teasers of my portfolio.

My card is set up so that the front has a design with my information and the back has an example of one of my works. Each card is different so customers/acquaintances are inspired to meet/do business with me again just so they'll collect them all.

*Pokemon theme music*

Zolrak 22
June 18th, 2015, 09:13
A Design student with a wacky business card. ​Quelle surprise.
I wouldn't call it wacky, but thank you?




*Pokemon theme music*
I actually shared the idea with an illustrator, (of using each of his illustrations for business cards) but he basically complained it'd be too much work. [emoji28]

Hell, with outright illustrations/characters, I'd probably make a simple card game to add even more reasons for wanting to collect them all.

Aqua
June 18th, 2015, 10:35
Not necessary in the least. However, I've used mine about 5 times in the last year, and I was glad to have them. Mostly just about trading a quick reference/contact info with visiting teachers/different BOE people - not what I would consider formal situations. More like convenience. And one time in Tokyo when a kabuki actor's wife wanted to trade with me, good times.

Just be sure that city hall gives you the same katakana on your gaijin card if you bring them to Japan. That sucked. I was lucky I didn't pay for either set.

Ebi
June 18th, 2015, 11:17
Just be sure that city hall gives you the same katakana on your gaijin card if you bring them to Japan. That sucked. I was lucky I didn't pay for either set.
You have katakana on your gaijin card? Mine is English only even though I have a Japanese last name. They refused to add any because it has to match my passport exactly. But my health insurance card is in Japanese only, which tends to be where people encounter katakana mistakes.

I don't have a business card, but I probably will eventually if I stay here long enough since most "real jobs" require one.

Aqua
June 18th, 2015, 11:59
You have katakana on your gaijin card? Mine is English only even though I have a Japanese last name. They refused to add any because it has to match my passport exactly. But my health insurance card is in Japanese only, which tends to be where people encounter katakana mistakes.

WHOOPS, you're absolutely right - I meant the hanko. I got my business cards with the katakana I was given in college, and city hall switched one character. This does remind me to check out those insurance forms to see how they handled my middle name, if at all.

johnny
June 18th, 2015, 22:43
Why would you want cards with "CircusMonkey" printed on them?

until you get a real job, no one will want your card.

This.

enlight85
June 20th, 2015, 07:43
Excellent input, on the whole! Sincerely appreciated. I'll probably set up a basic 'point of contact' card in case someone hands me their own card and I can return the sentiment. I'll be sure to only add the essentials such as favourite colour and Joy Division song.

BifCarbet
June 20th, 2015, 14:26
Yeah nothing wrong with that. Get a card. Why not? It's actually a good passive pickup technique, too.

Zolrak 22
June 21st, 2015, 09:58
Hey babe, wanna do "business" with me?

texxaport
June 21st, 2015, 11:13
Excellent input, on the whole! Sincerely appreciated. I'll probably set up a basic 'point of contact' card in case someone hands me their own card and I can return the sentiment. I'll be sure to only add the essentials such as favourite colour and Joy Division song.

Totally off topic but I keep thinking your avatar is an award because of the size. It's messing with me.

Dessar
June 26th, 2015, 05:11
Hey babe, wanna do "business" with me?

No, that attitude isn't appreciated.

BifCarbet
June 26th, 2015, 07:16
No, that attitude isn't appreciated.

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Ananasboat
June 26th, 2015, 08:40
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Dessar is one of those girls who will shoot off a "sorry, I have a boyfriend," when the grocery bagger offers to bag her groceries.

Jiggit
June 26th, 2015, 08:49
Dessar is one of those girls who will shoot off a "sorry, I have a boyfriend," when the grocery bagger offers to bag her groceries.

Assuming it's not just Ini trolling.

Ananasboat
June 26th, 2015, 10:16
Assuming it's not just Ini trolling.

You really think Ini would come back here? Doesn't he know there's a site-wide ban on his accounts?