For armed services / military retirees see the post – “Military Retired – How to Address” .
How to Write My Name as a Retiree?
What is the proper use of my former title on business cards now that I am retired? Is it acceptable to use my previous work title with a ‘retired’ following the title?
Neither business nor social cards include former offices you’ve held.
—-#1) Business Cards: The purpose of a business card is to transfer contact information. As is implied in the name, it’s exchanged so people can be in contact for some work-related activity. These cards have the official form of your name, company name, job title and contact information. They include post-nominal abbreviations like Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A. or R.N. A business card is not your resume/CV.
—-So if you are a consultant now, include that fact and the field in which you have expertise. If potential clients are interested in the job’s you had, it will come up in conversation or they will ask for / check your website for / your CV/resume.
—-#2) Social Cards: What you are asking about is a social card (calling card) which is a rare thing now-a-days. Social cards have the social form of your name and contact information. It does not include company names or job titles. Since it’s the social form of one’s name – it does not include professional post-nominal abbreviations: Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A., R.N., etc.
—-But the social form of your name does include a personal rank if you have one: Dr., Ambassador, Judge, or General. With it you will at least hint on your past endeavors.
Note on military ranks: ‘Branch of service’ or ‘retired status’ are included in the official form of one’s name but are not part of the social form of one’s name.
– Robert Hickey