A laser printer is the preferred option for printing your resume. However, most resumes are e-mailed as an attachment. If you are printing your resume, print just a few copies. You may find a small error or you may simply want to make some changes, and this is less frustrating and less expensive if you print in small batches.
Resume paper color should be carefully chosen. You should consider the types of employers who will receive your resume and the types of positions for which you are applying. Use white or ivory paper for traditional or conservative employers or for higher-level positions.
Black ink on sharply white paper can be harsh on the reader’s eye. Think about an ivory or cream paper that will provide less contrast and be easier to read. Pink, green, and blue tints should generally be avoided.
Many resume writers buy packages of matching envelopes and cover sheet stationery that, although not absolutely necessary, do convey a professional impression.
Most students email resumes. That means that if you mail it, you may stand out in some cases (in others, you may not do as well as someone who emails – such as if the organization submits all resumes into a computer database.)
Where organizations state it, they will say to send an attached Word File, or to send the resume as plain text. Rarely .pdf is also allowed (in additon to Word). Create or design your resume as you would for printing,and then save as text and Word files. You will need to go through the reformat identations and such in your text version. Things that were bolded can be done with all caps, bullets or with some sort of character (e.g. ‘-”).
If you’ll be producing many cover letters at home, be sure you have high quality printing equipment. Learn standard envelope formats for business and retain a copy of every cover letter you send out. You can use these copies to take notes of any telephone conversation that may occur.
If attending a job fair, either carry a briefcase or place your resume in a nicely covered legal-sized pad holder.