Post # 1
Hi Hive! I’m going to meet with a few school districts in the area later this week about positions for next year (I’m a teacher). There will be a few other people there as well and I want my resume to stand out. I’ve had someone look over so I know that it is technically good in terms of layout and information, but I read somewhere that using colored paper is a good way to draw attention without going overboard. Do you think its a good idea? If so, what color?
Other than that, any general tips? I’d appreciate any help I can get! 🙂
Post # 3
I have never seen anyone use colored paper before but I think that it would look unprofessional honestly.
Try to make sure that you put achievements on your resume along with your responsibilities.
Post # 4
I found this online:
You can have the most amazing resume ever, but if you print it on lavender paper hoping it will get noticed, you will waste a lot of pretty paper that could be better used for writing your aunt or grandmother. The colors you should use for your paper are: White, off-white, off-off-white. Do you see a trend? Also, spend a few extra dollars and buy GOOD, QUALITY paper. Forget the floppy, wimpy copy paper. Get some 24 lb paper with a watermark. It will make a much better impression ? and that is what this whole process is all about, right?
I personally would not print my resume on any paper other than white or off-white.
Post # 5
Yeah, I thought it sounded kind of wacky… which is why I thought I’d check here! In terms of content, it’s good so I’m not worried about that. Just thought I’d see what others thought about it.
Post # 6
I used to work in career services at a university’s business school. What EvaBostonTerrier posted is exactly what we told MBA students to do. Definitely go white or off white on nice text stock.
Post # 7
I agree with what the other posters have said about not printing on colored paper. Take the extra step to buy the nice paper and you’ll probably already stick out because a lot of people don’t.
Also, something my supervising teacher said to me during my last semester was to only have one thing in your hands like a briefcase OR a purse. Not both. If you have more than one you end up juggling all that stuff and digging through things if you’re asked for something and it often prevents you from shaking someone’s hand.
And take a quick note of the names of the people who interview you and mail them a thank you note that same day. More often than not the person who gets the job is someone who has sent a brief, hand written thank you note. Good luck! I know it’s stressful but you’ll do great!
Post # 8
I agree with eeh2010 about sending a thank you note! Most people don’t do this but it really helps!
Post # 9
Thanks for all your advice ladies!
I always, always, always send thank you notes! I sent one for a scholarship interview I went on my senior year of high school and ended up getting $10,000 out of it! And I’ll definitely use the tip about a purse OR briefcase. I don’t want it to be awkward shaking hands and juggling a ton of bags.
This is why I love the hive. 🙂
Post # 10
Resumes on colored paper always make me think of Legally Blonde…Reese Witherspoon’s character gives her professor a resume that is pink and scented!
Post # 11
For my first post college job I sent thank you notes and I got the job. After I started I saw it on my bosses desk and she said it was between me and another woman (both same qualifications), the reason I got the job was because they all got thank you cards from me within 2 business days (I did them and mailed them the same day as the interview). She said it just made them know I was appreciative for the interview, thoughtful of others valuable time, and on the ball in remembering names and getting cards out so quickly.
Also I always use heavy paper in off white (matching envelopes if mailing resumes also!)
Post # 12
They actually have paper that is called “resume paper” at paper stores. It is boring but very appropriate.
Post # 13
Thanks for all the advice! I stuck with my original thought (and the advised) heavy, off-white paper. I have two interviews and plan on sending thank you notes out this evening. 🙂
Post # 14
I woulnd’t use colored paper, but they do have resume paper at any stationary store or a Staples. It usually comes in grey or beige and is a little thicker. I think it does stand out and is a little more professional than plain white paper. Since I work for a very professional company (most of our employees have a PhD) I do see this alot.