(Closed) Resume Help… Sorta

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 6
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with eeh2010 about sending a thank you note!  Most people don’t do this but it really helps!

Post # 10
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

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
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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. Laughing


Also I always use heavy paper in off white (matching envelopes if mailing resumes also!)

Post # 12
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

They actually have paper that is called “resume paper” at paper stores.  It is boring but very appropriate.

Post # 14
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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.

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