Does anyone out there know if people still use fancy resume paper? The thick creamy cotton fiber paper just looks a little stuffy to me, especially since my clips are printed on plain white paper. I have bright white inkjet paper that's 24 pounds or a 22 pound all-in-one paper that's a more subtle white. What do you think?


Robert said...

I don't remember much from b-school other than trying to get the resume to be clean looking and on one page. Then in academics the goal was to make it as long as possible. No one mentioned what kind of paper is called for. I think working for myself is just a way of getting out writing a resume.

Alicia said...

I usually use white paper that's thicker than your normal computer paper and has a little texture like Gainsborough. I think the extra weight and texture just makes it seem a little more professional.

Then again, don't take my word for it. My success rate is about as low as it gets right now.

See, this is why I want to buy Robert's bookstore. No more resumes. :)

Mad said...

I suppose it depends on where you're sending it. Where I work, we tend to make copies for distribution. So, the person who hires you may not actually see the original, on-fancy-paper resume.

Galileo said...

I usually print mine on a slightly off-white grayish paper with a linen texture. I just like the way it contrasts with the pile of other plain white papers on my desk.

Of course, when I included my resume in my portfolio, I opted to put it on the same high-quality coated white paper (for color ink) that I used throughout the rest of the portfolio just so it would be consistent.

So I'd say if you're including the resume bound with your clips, do it on the same paper for consistency. But if it's separate, then feel free to use something a little fancier. Just don't stray to far down the spectrum from plain white. ;-)