4 Good Reasons Why You Still Need a Paper Resume
Despite what you may hear, your paper resume is still a useful tool in your job search. In an age of digital uploads, a low tech resume just may be the differentiator you need. For example, here’s an excerpt from an article I read in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal entitled “Is the Paper Resume Dead?” “In fact, experts say a paper resume can make or break a bid for a job,” and one Human Resource exec was quoted as saying “A resume on nice stock paper shows you have a sense of decorum.” In many industries, this is an essential soft skill that isn’t always evident online.
Yes, it’s true that most employers require that you apply for jobs online. However, if you’ve ever been through that process, you have probably come away with the feeling that your fate is being decided by a computer. It’s frustrating and dehumanizing to say the least.
Here are 4 ways that a resume printed on premium quality paper can help you win a job.
#1 Follow Up
Once you’ve uploaded your resume into the ethernet, follow it up with snail mail by sending out a hard copy of your resume along with a well written cover letter to let the hiring manager know that you’ve applied for position X and want to confirm that they received your application. Show your enthusiasm for the position and point out a few reasons why you are perfect for the job. Oftentimes the bots don’t give you an opportunity to personalize your online application and very few people will go the extra mile to do this. Your human touch will get your resume seen by a real live person who otherwise would have never known you applied.
Please note that this is not the time to skimp by printing your resume on plain old copy paper.
You wouldn’t dream of showing up at an interview wearing jeans and a T-shirt. It’s just as important to “Dress Your Resume for Success!” with fine cotton watermarked resume paper.
#2 Career Events
Another way to put your paper resume to work for you is to attend Career Fairs. These networking events are still a credible way to get contacts and practice your elevator pitch. Before you leave home, make sure to print plenty of resumes and make sure to get them in the hands of your targeted companies. Once again, the quality of the paper you use will make your credentials shine and your “sense of decorum” will make you stand out from the crowd.
There is a definite tactile difference between crisp cotton paper and cheap copy paper that can’t be ignored. Your resume will definitely get noticed and will be less likely to get stuffed into a file without being reviewed.
#3 The Interview
Congratulations, you’ve been invited to an interview! This could be a screening interview where you meet with Human Resources to make sure you pass muster. You may be asked to return at a later date to meet with your prospective boss. But if you’re lucky you might get introduced up the line to multiple interviewers on the same day. Don’t forget to print extra copies of your resume to bring with you. This is no time to let your guard down. You can’t depend on HR to print out extra copies for you. They may not take the extra time to make sure they aren’t smudged, folded or dog-eared. But you will! And most will notice your extra attention to detail. So make sure to choose quality once again and rise to the top of the stack.
#4 Thank You Notes
And here’s one last tip for you! Always remember your manners and follow up every interview with a thank you letter printed on the same quality paper as your resume. It will match all the other correspondence in your file, and will prove your attention to detail. Don’t forget to send a note to every person you met with. Ask for their business cards before you leave the interview. The thank you letter is your last opportunity to remind them who you are and why you are perfect for the job, or to bring up something you might have forgotten to mention in the interview.
This same tactic can be applied as a follow up to a networking interview. Thank your contact for taking time out of their busy schedule to meet with you. If it’s appropriate, include a copy of your resume for reference. But make sure it’s unforgettable!
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Research has proven that when managers are presented with two comparable resumes, the resume printed on Southworth is perceived to be more professional and makes a better first impression.
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