Cotton Paper is Worth the Money

Cotton Paper is Worth the Money

By: Joyce Lain Kennedy, Careers Now


I admit a commercial interest in suggesting that you discuss the difference the use of fine paper for resumes, cover letters and follow-up thank you notes can make in the mind of the interviewer between just another person and someone a company wants to hire. I enclose a press kit on behalf of my client, Southworth Company (

Signed, Honora Horan.

Okay, you got me. You do mention a point now routinely overlooked since the electronic age chased out most hard copy resumes. People have forgotten the difference between copy- and cotton-fiber paper in the job search.

Readers, if you are a white-collar worker interacting face-to-face or mailing your self-marketing materials, putting your resumes on high quality cotton-fiber paper stands out and is worth the money and effort. And handwritten notes on fine business card stock are likely to engender an impression of quality in the writer.

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Joyce Lain KennedyJOYCE LAIN KENNEDY is the nation’s first syndicated careers columnist. Her work, CAREERS NOW, is distributed by Tribune Media Services and appears in more than 100 newspapers and Web sites. Email:

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