Presentation, Presentation, Presentation
Several years ago, CNBC presented a list of “the most unusual" resumes ever to see the light of day, as shared in a poll conducted by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilders.com. Some of them were hilarious—there’s a link in the resource section if you care to see them—but here we are starting with the first thing the interviewer sees when he takes your resume out of its envelope.
I’m talking about the paper, here, people, and face it—no matter how much you love teddy bears, you can’t type your resume on paper decorated with them. Also out is sparkle glue around the edges or a photo of yourself uploaded onto the paper. Do not spritz your resume with perfume—some people actually have done this, presumably something sexy suited to rouse the interviewer’s savage…whatever. Those things are NOT GOOD!
In a tamer vein but also verboten are resumes presented on 80-pound cardstock or those done on neon colored or even pastel paper. Perhaps you sincerely believe that such creativity will convince the interviewer that you have a bright personality or good sense of humor, or maybe you just want to make your submission stand out. Believe me, that’s not the way to do it.
Instead, use white paper, and nothing is wrong with standard 20-pound copy paper. Some people like to print their resumes on a quality linen or cotton paper, and as long as it is not embellished there is nothing wrong with that. However, most likely the extra money you’ve spent on the paper will go to waste since many HR managers fax or photocopy the resumes that interest them, and in the end the resume content is way more important than paper quality.