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Don’t throw out that paper resume

Ashley Milne-Tyte Mar 10, 2009
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Bill Radke: FedEx Office is throwing its doors open to job hunters today. This is the company formerly known as FedEx Kinko’s. It’s letting people print 25 free copies of their resume on high-quality paper to impress potential employers. But hold on a minute — the job application, that’s mostly online these days, right? Marketplace’s Ashley Milne-Tyte wanted to know whether resume paper has become passe, and she found an answer.


Ashley Milne-Tyte: Don’t get rid of that paper resume.

Allison Hemming owns recruiting firm The Hired Guns. She says potential employers always need an electronic copy for their database, but:

Allison Hemming: Have a paper resume that you can bring to an interview — in fact have five — because what we often find is that people will forget their resume and then they have to ask the hiring manager to print it, and that steals five minutes of your time.

And the company’s. She says being prepared only helps your case.

Peter Weddle of Weddles Research and Publishing says anyone attending a career fair also needs copies of their resume. And they’ll come in handy at networking events.

Or alumni organization meetings, or even local church and synagogue groups. When they get together, they exchange resumes the old fashioned way — with paper.

He says in the digital age, paper can actually help you stand out.

I’m Ashley Milne-Tyte for Marketplace.

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