Re: Business card etiquette

Subject: Re: Business card etiquette
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 13:32:04 -0800

Brigitte Johnston wrote:

Say...Does anyone know whether it is appropriate to include academic
credentials on a business card (if you are something else other than a
doctor or an attorney)?

In North America, academic credentials aren't generally used socially, so I wouldn't use them on a business card.

Of course,there are exceptions. A tenure track professor mentions his or her degree on a business card, and so do some engineers. But, if the degrees are ordinary BAs or MScs, with no direct relation to what a person actually does, they aren't usually mentioned.

In fact, many people see the use of general degrees as a form of boasting, or as proof of self-importance - the sort of addition that a real estate agent or a seller of used cards might add in a desperate attempt to look as respectable as possible.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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