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Old 06-17-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I have another question about an upcoming job interview.

I already have the interview, and they of course asked for me to bring my resume.

Now, should I just bring a plain paper version of it, along with the references?

Or, should I print it on some nicer paper? I have some really nice Parchment paper, that is "Copper", which is a darker beige. Or should I run to the store and get something better?

Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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Print it on nice paper, but nothing colored - use white or there may be an off-white, but I would stick to white. I have a box from an office store I'm looking at now - 24lb, watermarked, white, "Exceptional Resume Paper, Southworth". Something like that you can pick up in any office supply store.

You should bring a copy for all people you are going to meet - so if they have said meeting with HR and then the hiring mgr and a peer, bring 3 copies. Every time I have brought them, I've never needed to hand them out as they have their own copies, but you should bring it anyway. Same with references, print on same paper. Most likely you will not be asked for a page of references, but have it along just in case. You may have to put the names on an application.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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Overall, no one's going to hire you because you used nice paper, and its hard to imagine anyone not hiring you because of bad paper either.

But between regular white printer paper, and 'copper' parchment, go for white printer paper. 'Copper' sounds too dark, which will make the text harder to read and won't look good if they need to photocopy for any reason, and parchment paper is too blotchy which also makes it hard to read.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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Some 32 pound resume paper is a nice touch. I prefer the ivory/off-white colored over stark white just for aesthetic purposes. You can get get a box of 100 sheets for ~$15 at any office supply store.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:53 PM
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Regular White Paper
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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getting the "professional" grade paper used to be a thing of the past... that was in the days of going to the employer's site and asking for an application. nowadays with email, i'm surprised they don't just print it out when they interview you. i have yet to experience an interview where they asked me to bring my resume, though i do bring copies of them just in case. so in your case, i would just print multiple copies of your resume on plain ol' white paper.

regarding your references, yes, bring that sheet along and make sure they have the name of the person, their position/title, and cell/work number. i would say at least 2 supervisors and 3 peers should suffice - and for these contacts, make sure you've previously asked for permission to use them as references...
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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They asked me to bring it and references.

They are opening up a new office in our town, and have flown in for interviews.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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I see lots of resumes. Use Bond Paper. White. Letter Size. Laser Printed.

Southworth® Quality Bond Paper, 8 1/2" x 11", White | Staples®
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:34 AM
 
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Overall, no one's going to hire you because you used nice paper, and its hard to imagine anyone not hiring you because of bad paper either.

But between regular white printer paper, and 'copper' parchment, go for white printer paper. 'Copper' sounds too dark, which will make the text harder to read and won't look good if they need to photocopy for any reason, and parchment paper is too blotchy which also makes it hard to read.
Why do people don a suit for an interview for a job that allows casual dress? Actually, people and resumes are judged on appearance. Once you're in the interview process it's not likely to make a difference but if you send in a resume with smudges or beat up paper, they're going to wonder why you're not putting your best foot forward or fear that this is your best foot.

Resumes should be printed on the best paper possible and be in the best condition possible when handed to someone. Ditto for business cards. Don't give away a tattered dog eard business card.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:13 AM
 
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Thanks for the tips guys.

I ran to Target on my lunch break and picked up some Light Beige Resume Paper and printed the resumes on that.
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