This morning, a client asked me about resume paper. He wanted to know if employers and recruiters prefer ivory or gray and (channeling my inner-Seinfeld), what’s with all the different type of paper? (There’s cotton, linen fibers, parchment, even bamboo!)
Here’s what every job seeker needs to know: Fancy (expensive) resume paper is simply not worth the expense. Instead, opt for bright-white laser paper. It’s crisp, and slightly heavier than standard copy paper. 28 lb. is perfect, although 24 lb. is just as acceptable. 20 lb. is too lightweight – you can see through it when you hold it up to the light.
Don’t believe the outdated hype. Every recruiter in the world will tell you that the paper selection doesn’t get the job – or even an interview. It’s all about the content printed on the paper; not the paper itself.
Of course, the majority of your resumes will be sent by email, or downloaded into a company’s job portal. But once you get past those hurdles and actually score an interview, you’ll need to bring a handful of freshly printed resumes with you. So first of all, congratulations on the interview! Second, go to any standard store that sells office supplies, and pick up a ream of 24 or 28 lb., bright-white paper. That’s it.
Oh – and here’s the answer to another question I get from time to time. Don’t print your resume back-to-back on the same page if it’s two pages; print it out on two pages. (Possible exception – if you’re interviewing with a company that prides itself on their eco-friendly practices.)