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ant
 
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Governor, Tribal Council          
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Honourable, The
   
 
   

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   Writing &  
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    Writing &
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     Supreme Court

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     Supreme Court

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Ma'am          
Major
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Miss      
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Nurse           

Officer, Police     
Optometrist     

Pastor, Christian Clergy  
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Petty Officer
      
Pharmacist     
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PhD     
Place Cards            
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Police Chief
Police Officer                     
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    College or
    University   
President of a
    Secondary
    School      
President of a
    US State Assembly 
President (current)
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    of the U.S.   
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Prime Minister
       
Principal      
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Professor
     
Pro Tempore,
   Elect, Designate    
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Ranger, Texas        
Representative,
   U.S., Federal           
Representative,
   U.S., State            
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     I, II, III, etc.         
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How to Write Your Name
On a Business Card

Questions & Answers, Frequently Asked Questions, and Blog


Site updated by Robert Hickey on 24 March 2017

I Have Two Degrees With The Same Post-Nominal
Can I Use Both on My Business Card?

     After May, I will have two master's degrees, both MS.  When I create a business card, do I just write MS once after my name?  How would I indicate both?

 
      -- Dan

        I see in my copy of your book that you cover academic forms of address on pages 162-164. But, I have a friend that has two Bachelor of Arts Degrees.  What post-nominals would be appropriate on her card?  Would you use simply a B.A. once, or would you use B.A., B.A.?
 
      -- Justin

Dear Dan & Justin,

     SHOULD I INCLUDE TWO POST-NOMINALS?
     In academia and research .... you see people listing every degree and honor the have ever earned ... since all their degrees are central to the academic environment.
    Outside academia include only degrees that are directly pertinent to the service you offer / job you hold (see below).
    So MS, MS would not be wrong -- you might get some questions, but if they come it's an opportunity to tell them about your education. Regarding BA, BA .... in an academic journal it would be pertinent but outside of academia It is not often you see a BA included with a person's name.

     ACADEMIC POST-NOMIALS ON A BUSINESS CARD?
     Clearly getting those degrees are great accomplishments. Whether you include degrees on your business card ... or don't ... may just depend on several things.
    #1 A business card is not a resume/CV.  A card is what you give to another person so you can keep in touch.  What's important are addresses and numbers.
    #2 On business cards what's always included is your job title ... which defines what your role and the functions or services you offer .... rather than degrees that are your qualifications to hold the job.
    #3 Following up on #2, you should include the pertinent post-nominals [degrees, licenses, certifications] for the professional service you are rendering. This type of post-nominal is included to establish the professional certifications required to provide the service ...  MD, DDS, OD, RN, CPA, MSW, MBA .... etc.
      E.g., a CPA might list only
CPA after his name since it's pertinent to his/her professional practice ... even though he/she might have a BA and a MA as well ... a business consultant and holder of an MBA might list MBA ... but not other, less pertinent, degrees.

    Ultimately it will be your peers who are the most critical ... so see what others are doing and follow their lead!

         -- Robert Hickey

How to Include a Former Title On a Business Card?
       I have a request to print a business card for a former governor.  The person no longer holds any official office & wants to know how or if it is proper to create the card to show that he was the former governor.

            -- Shirley in North Carolina

Dear Shirley:
     If he wants the information to appear on a business card he could include:
 
         John Smith
    
     Governor of the State of North Carolina, 2000-2008
     His name would appear without The Honorable (never used by the person himself: others address him as such), and Governor would not appear before his name.
     BUT whether he should do it is another question.
     A business card is given to another person with your contact information so you can communicate directly after meeting. So it is not a resume.  If he gives this card to someone, won't they know he is? He's a former governor!
     If it's a social card ... just his name, address and contact numbers would be appropriate.
       -- Robert Hickey

Can I Create a Company Business Card for Myself
If My Company Does Not Provide One?

          I'm a college student, I graduate in May and have an internship lined up. I want to print some business cards to use for networking and my long-term job search.
          The internship is unpaid and only for 2 months so I'm not sure if I want the company name on the cards.
          My question is, could I put my degree, BA International Business, under my name instead of the company name? Or should I stick with the standard Company Name - Intern? It's a small company and I feel like it'd be more beneficial to put my degree for job hunting purposes.
          -- A.S.

Dear A.S.,
          It would be inappropriate to create a company business card for yourself to be used for other than company business.
          If you want to create a networking card for your job search … that's a great idea.
          I've seen them with a name, degree, cell phone and e-mail -- not even a mailing address.  I even saw one with a link to their on-line resume.
          -- Robert Hickey

 How to Write My Name On a US-Style Business Card?
      I am a Spanish citizen, married to a US citizen. I am trying to print my business cards, but I am not sure what will be the right form for the USA.
      I am a Knight by the kingdom of Spain and the Vatican State. In addition, I am a former Captain of the Spanish Navy and I have my JD, LL.M, and MBA.
      Finally, my full name is Antonio MONTOYA DE LOS RIOJA y SEVILLE. However to avoid misunderstandings, since I am in USA, I just use a contracted hyphened last name: Antonio  MONTOYA-SEVILLE.
                  -- AMS

Dear AMS,
       A business card is designed to be presented at the beginning of a relationship.
       Many cultures include every honor, honorific, courtesy title, decoration and degree, and those are generally seen as status-conscious societies.
       Spain .. The UK … & much of Asia are status conscious country compared to the US. 
       E.g, the British include everything …  so they might list you as
              Captain Sir (name), {Spanish Navy), Retired, JD, LL.M, MBA, etc.
              It highlights all your marks of status.
       In the US we are a less status conscious culture than Spain (research shows in the US we are more likely to want to treat all people equally regardless of their status) and only include what is pertinent to the interaction on which topic we are actually an expert … and anything else might be revealed later if it comes up. 
              (Name), JD, MBA
              Captain (Name), {Spanish Navy), Retired
              Sir (Name)

              ... all depending on how you are presenting yourself
       Sometimes people say to me "I am an expert on all of them" or "including all paints a complete picture of who I am"
       In the US in a situation where we are exchanging business cards -- we are going to start out being more interested what the other person can DO for us … rather than finding out what a wonderful person they are.
        Selfish? Maybe it's efficient and practical.
       I observe we will find out the other things once we've gotten over the first steps in finding out if we are useful to one another.
       E.g., I am not initially interested to have my dentist to present himself as having multiple skills not related to his practice of dentistry. I don't care so much in the beginning if he's a championship horseman or a direct descendent of Lithuanian nobility.
       To start, I care about having a dentist who has one focus … and that's to be the world's best dentist.  And a business card is designed to be presented at the beginning of a relationship!
       You should use the form of your name you want others to use in correspondence and conversation. That too might vary based on the purpose of your card. 
              -- Robert Hickey


Another Question?
Here are some other places to look that relate to how to write your name on a business card.

Mr., Miss, Jr., III, & Names         
Post-Nominal Abbreviations and Initials           



Not Finding Your Question Answered?
Below are other topics covered in my blog and at right is a list of officials, Between the two I probably have what you are looking for.
     After hunting around a bit, if you don't see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day (unless I am traveling.)
      If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – with your name and any personal specifics changed.
      -- Robert Hickey

USE OF NAMES & HONORIFICS   
Mr., Miss, Jr., III, & Names        
Married Women       
Deceased Persons         
People with Two Titles
Post-Nominal Abbreviations and Initials         
Sequence Post-Nominal Abbreviations: Sr., Jr., etc.    
 
Couples: Private Citizens / Joint Forms of Address 
Couples: U.S. Military / Joint Forms of Address     
Couples: U.S. Officials / Joint Forms of Address      

USE OF SPECIFIC OFFICIAL TITLES        
Former Officials            
Professionals and Academics        

United States Federal Officials, Currently In Office             
United States State Officials, Currently In Office              
United States Municipal Officials, Currently In Office             
       All About The Honorable with U.S. Officials         
       Former United States Officials of all types             
United States Armed Services
       Addressing Active Duty Personnel              
       Addressing Retired Personnel      
       Use of Rank by Retired Personnel      
       Use of Rank by Veterans      

Tribal Officials 
           
Clergy and Religious Officials           
Canadian Officials         
Australian Officials          
British Officials, Royalty, and Nobility        
Diplomats and International Representatives
           
Foreign National Officials and Nobility        

SPECIFIC SITUATIONS
Author's Name on His/Her Book       
Business Cards, Names on
,       
Couples           
  
Introductions, Names in
           
Invitations: Names on
       
Invitations: Names of Armed Service Personnel on        
Name Badges & Tags            
Names on Programs, Signs, & Lists            
Naming a Building or Road            
Place Cards            

Plaques, Awards, Diplomas, Certificates, Names on    
Precedence: Ordering Officials 
         
Tombstones, Names on      


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