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Why a paper resume is still necessary

It seems today that everything is happening electronically. Many job applications require an electronic resume submission, including the ECS system. When it comes to your resume, however, don’t discredit the “old-fashioned” paper document. Taking the time to prepare a tidy, user-friendly paper copy of your resume will help you stand out as a well-prepared, professional candidate. And even when you submit a resume electronically, be sure to print out one copy to make sure you don’t have a one-line second page, a trailing blank page, or formatting issues that can eliminate you.

Be sure to follow employer instructions for submitting resumes for jobs. Here are situations in which it is ESSENTIAL to your success as a candidate to have a paper resume on hand.

Career Fairs
Employers collect resumes in order to decide which candidates to invite for interviews, whether later in the quarter or even for the very next day! How many copies should you bring? That depends on (a) the time you have available to visit employers’ displays and (b) the number of employers hiring your major and job type. To see who will be looking for your major, review the list of paid employer registrations in the EVENTS section of your ECS job search account and pick up a program between Oct 7 & 13 in 199 Hitchcock. (The Engineering Expo is October 14, 2009 and the Winter Engineering Career Fair is Feb 10, 2010. Click here for a list of other career fairs on campus this year)

The Interview
When you interview on campus through ECS, the employer is provided a copy of the resume you submitted for that interview. However, it’s always a good idea to have an extra copy with you in case an additional interviewer is in the room. When interviewing at the employer’s location, you can’t assume that your interviewer(s) will have a copy. Be ready to distribute your resume to every person that will be meeting with you. (They’ll be impressed by your preparation.)

Networking Events
This may be an Info Session, a workshop, mock interview, or any other career-related event outside of the actual interview. It’s helpful, not to mention impressive, to have resumes on hand so that potential employers and networking connections can immediately review your qualifications and pass them along to the right people. Keep several copies of your resume on hand for these events!

Here are some additional considerations when creating a paper version of your resume:

• Don’t invest in “fancy” paper. Using a clean, white or ivory paper will be easy on the eye of the reader and allow them to focus on the resume content, rather than on the paper itself.
• Use spell check and proofread.
• Use a standard size piece of paper (8.5 x 11 inches).
• Avoid using landscape orientation and stick to a standard vertical format.
• Always use BLACK ink! NO EXCEPTIONS!
• Be sure to use a “pad folio” or other professional notebook to ensure that your resume is protected and kept neat and clean!

"The average person puts only 25% of his energy into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on it head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%."
- Andrew Carnegie


Authored by Rachel Ligman.