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Just because most resumes are submitted via computer doesn’t mean you don’t need to have printed copies of your resume as well. We will tell you how to print
It’s all in the details
It’s a small detail, but the paper you use to print
Times are changing
Even though searching for a job has become digital, there are still times where a physical copy of
Where You Can Print
Thankfully resume printing is easier now but it’s just as important as it always was.
Why should you bother printing a
“Until resumes are fully digital, job seekers are caught in limbo: both printed resumes and online profiles remain important for job applications. Without a well-written and up-to-date traditional
resume, you can’t apply for jobs. Without a Linkedin profile or an online resume, it’s more difficult for recruiters and employers to find you online. You need both to plot a successful job search and grow your personal brand.”
Bringing a printed
Don’t use standard printer paper for
resume paper weight
We recommend off-white, cotton, 32lb paper for printing
Are watermarks ok?
So, you will notice all this fancy
What it comes down to is that a watermark means it’s a good quality paper.
Resume Paper Color
Here are our favorites
|Type of Resume Paper||Weight||Color||Description||Review|
|Cotton Resume Paper||24lbs||Ivory||This stationery has a rich texture and distinctive crispness that set it apart from ordinary printer paper or copy paper. Endorsed by the National Résumé Writer’s Association||"I used this paper for my resume at a college career fair, and I'd say that it impressed especially considering that most college kids were printing their resumes on normal printer paper."
|Linen Resume paper||32lbs||Ivory||This stationery has a rich linen paper texture and distinctive crispness that set it apart from ordinary printer paper or copy paper.||"This is an amazing textured resume! It's a very light cream color. Not too thick or too thin (not transparent). Ink adheres fine and it looks and feels great with the linen texture.|
|Cotton Business Paper||32lbs||Ivory||Using this 25% Cotton Linen Business Paper, in creamy linen ivory, means you’re on your way to making a lasting impression.||To be honest I never imagined I would get this excited over paper. I was just looking for some good quality papers for formal matters, and these are some very beautiful sheets I’ve stumbled upon here on Amazon|
|Business Cotton||24lbs||White||This premium 24 lb. paper is great for proposals, resumes and reports or for any document where quality matter.||"This paper really is great. It has a very nice weight to it and is extremely professional looking. I found that it was just enough to be nicer than normal paper, but not so fancy as to be off putting. I do recommend it."|
|Parchment Specialty Paper||24lbs||Grey||This quality textured paper is free of acid and lignin, so your documents can stand the test of time and stand out with the distinguished, distinctive look of parchment.||"I love this brand of parchment paper for creating certificates, it's great quality, prints well, the price is better than what you pay in a retail store and because I buy in bulk, they last a long time!"|
|Cream Linen Paper||28lbs||Cream||This letterhead paper is made from a 28b bond Cream linen textured paper stock. ream Linen Paper & Envelopes combo pack makes it easy & simple to create professional resumes.||"A very nice stationery set -- no frills (which is what I wanted). The color and texture of the paper are elegant. "|
Paint it Black
Don’t use colored ink to print your resume, stick to black ink. Colored ink looks unprofessional and can make a
Keep it Simple
Use standard business fonts like Helvetica, Ariel, Times New Roman, or Courier. Don’t use multiple fonts, they look unprofessional and can cause eye strain for the reader. Don’t use “fancy fonts” and whatever you do, never use Comic Sans! Not even once.
Comic Sans is never an acceptable font. Unless you are an 8-year-old girl writing a poem about unicorns.Tweet This
You have a few more choices when it comes to formatting
A laserjet printed
Keep It Crisp
Every Little Bit Helps
It’s a tight job market out there, and you are up against a lot of competition. That means you have to use every advantage available to you to make yourself stand out (see The Best Companies to Work for).
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