Resume Paper? 4 Instances Where a Print Resume is Necessary

As a kid, you may remember looking into your parent’s desk and seeing a flat box full of fancy resume paper. Creamy, textured — you know the kind. Back in the day, fancy resume paper was a surefire sign that a job seeker was professional and on top of their job search.

Nowadays, resume paper is nice – but often a waste of money. Some folks who run things on the old-fashioned side might disagree, but most employers just want simple, clean printer paper when they’re accepting print resumes.

Regardless of what paper you choose to print your resume, check out these four ways to use a print resume:


An interview

This might strike you as odd. After all, if you scored an interview, what’s the point of bringing a resume? Consider this: the person interviewing you might not have been the one who looked at your resume in the first place. Additionally, there might be more than one interviewer, and no one likes to share. Bringing extra copies of your resume shows that you’re prepared and thoughtful.

Check out: What to Take to an Interview (emurse)

Job fairs


A lot of people go to job fairs not knowing what to expect or what to bring. Next time you head to a job fair, bring a dozen copies of your resume. Employers come to these events to hire, give them every reason to hire you.


Check out: Ace the Career Fair (CAREEREALISM)


Submitting applications


If you’re looking for a retail job, you’re probably going from store to store, submitting paper applications. Ever consider filling out the paper application and paperclipping your resume to the back? It’s just a little something extra that tells hiring managers that you’re job search savvy and want to put your best foot forward.


Check out: How to Escape the Job Application Black Hole (Career Rocketeer)

Your portfolio


If you are in an industry that uses portfolios, slip your resume in! A resume at the beginning of a portfolio (online or hard-copy) serves as almost a table of contents, providing readers with even more context for the items your portfolio includes.


Check out: How to Create An Awesome Work Portfolio (Manifest Your Potential)

Additionally, there are several benefits of using a print resume:

  • Tactile learners make up nearly one third of the population – this segment reacts stronger to a resume they can touch and feel than a resume they can only see.
  • As fewer people take time to make their print resume look nice, a nice print resume stands out all the more.
  • From a marketing perspective, a physical resume is “stickier” than an electronic one. The employer is reminded of you when they’re first handed your resume, as they sift through papers in the afternoon, as they’re cleaning off their desk at the end of the night, and the next morning.

Where else have you brought a paper resume? Where shouldn’t a paper resume go?

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