Business Etiquette/business card title

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My boss wants me to order business cards for myself.  My "title" is General Affairs Administrative Assistant.  How to I abbreviate that without it looking silly or is there etiquette to how it should appear on the card?

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Hello, Sarah, and thank you for writing to me. You have a terrific title and if it all fits on one line on the business card, that would be my preference. Ask your boss for a copy of his or her business card and then be sure to model yours on it exactly, choosing the same style of type font, and paying particular attention to where your name and title should fall.

If your title will not fit on one line, then I would consider splitting it between two lines, that is, General Affairs on one line and Administrative Assistant on the line under that. There is no need to abbreviate your title, it's just a question of layout.

By the way, the fact that your boss wants you to order cards for yourself is sign of confidence in you.

Lastly, if you are the person who is ordering business cards for the whole department, try to locate some business cards that were generated in the past at your firm and look at them for style considerations. Today there are many different acceptable spots for the name, title, and other information, but you still want the business cards to be representative of your firm's overall brand.

Cordially,

Vicky Oliver
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I am an expert on traditional American business etiquette, including dining rules and regulations for the 21st century, making a good first impression (and how to fix a bad one), meeting etiquette, conversational tips, and dressing for success. I also have written about new media etiquette--how to use LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to enhance your professional reputation. I am not an expert on wedding etiquette or international business etiquette.

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I am the author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions (Skyhorse, 2010) and 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions (Sourcebooks, 2005). I have received over 301 media mentions on topics pertaining to business etiquette, job interviewing, and style on a budget.

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Brown University Club in New York; Trinity Alumni & Alumnae Association

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The Investment Professional Magazine; Crain's New York Business.com; The Charlotte Weekly; SimplyBudgeted.com; SavingsAdvice.com; The Review Mom; Personal Finance Advice.com.

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Brown University, B.A., English Honors; double major in Political Science

Awards and Honors
How-To Winner, Paris Book Festival; How-To Runner-Up, London Book Festival; Eric Hoffer Award First Runner-Up in Business;"Best Business: Career Book of 2010" in the National Best Books Awards.

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