Which kind of paper should I use, for writing my CV on.
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With more and more people opting to write that "perfect CV". We have written this article to help you as the reader decide which paper is best for writing your resume, CV or curriculum vitae on. The article will be broken into 3 main parts.

  • Examining paper quality Inc: weight and thickness.
  • A look at which color paper if any is best to write your CV on.
  • A summary.

Paper Quality

You have spent months designing your curriculum vitae or resume. Now comes the printing. The choice now is do you opt to print your CV on standard printing paper, or do you purchase a premium quality "fancy" paper.

Let us now look at both options.

Basic printer paper.

Basic printing paper is available almost any where. The local supermarket, the corner shop and all stationary shops. A ream of 500 plain white sheets costs around £4.00. The paper is very basic and very light weight. It will typically have a weight of 80 gsm (meaning a square meter will have a weight of 80 grams).

Most people decide to use this paper for all printing tasks. However in today’s highly competitive job market will this standard printing paper help your curriculum vitae, resume or CV stand out from the crowd. The simple answer is, in most cases no. The CV will blend into the pile of other CV's that have been written on standard printing paper.

Premium Qual

With more and more people opting to write that "perfect CV". We have written this article to help you as the reader decide which paper is best for writing your resume, CV or curriculum vitae on. The article will be broken into 3 main parts.

  • Examining paper quality Inc: weight and thickness.
  • A look at which color paper if any is best to write your CV on.
  • A summary.

Paper Quality

You have spent months designing your curriculum vitae or resume. Now comes the printing. The choice now is do you opt to print your CV on standard printing paper, or do you purchase a premium quality "fancy" paper.

Let us now look at both options.

Basic printer paper.

Basic printing paper is available almost any where. The local supermarket, the corner shop and all stationary shops. A ream of 500 plain white sheets costs around £4.00. The paper is very basic and very light weight. It will typically have a weight of 80 gsm (meaning a square meter will have a weight of 80 grams).

Most people decide to use this paper for all printing tasks. However in today’s highly competitive job market will this standard printing paper help your curriculum vitae, resume or CV stand out from the crowd. The simple answer is, in most cases no. The CV will blend into the pile of other CV's that have been written on standard printing paper.

Premium Quality paper.

Premium printing paper comes in all shapes, colors and thicknesses. A point of note is ultra thick paper, which resembles card is no good. Often your CV or resume may be faxed to other departments. A CV written on thick card will not be able to be faxed and this may mean your CV is "binned" before it reaches it intended target.

 We recommend  two types of premium quality paper to write all of your  resume and curriculum vitae on. The first is a 25 % cotton enriched premium paper. It has a slightly heavier weight of 90gsm. It is also water marked which again gives your CV a premium look and feel. The second is slightly heavier again, at 100 gsm. This added paper density allows the resume or CV to be faxed easily, yet enables the CV to stand out as a premium quality printed document. Both premium quality papers cost allot more than standard printing paper. The first costs around £12 for only 80 sheets. The second costs around £14 for only 50 sheets. This extra cost is definitely worth it, if you want your Cv, resume or curriculum vitae to stand out.

What color paper should I print on.

There are numerous colors to choose from,  ranging from the hypnotic blues and pinks to ivory, cream or plain white.

Your CV is meant to be a highly professional self marketing document, so it is not recommended that you choose to print your CV on bright colored paper.  Avoid all bright colored paper. So what about plain white paper.

Plain white premium quality paper is ok.  It does have some flaws. In today’s highly competitive job market standing out from the crowd often helps the applicant get recognized and rememberedity paper.

Premium printing paper comes in all shapes, colors and thicknesses. A point of note is ultra thick paper, which resembles card is no good. Often your CV or resume may be faxed to other departments. A CV written on thick card will not be able to be faxed and this may mean your CV is "binned" before it reaches it intended target.

 We recommend  two types of premium quality paper to write all of your  resume and curriculum vitae on. The first is a 25 % cotton enriched premium paper. It has a slightly heavier weight of 90gsm. It is also water marked which again gives your CV a premium look and feel. The second is slightly heavier again, at 100 gsm. This added paper density allows the resume or CV to be faxed easily, yet enables the CV to stand out as a premium quality printed document. Both premium quality papers cost allot more than standard printing paper. The first costs around £12 for only 80 sheets. The second costs around £14 for only 50 sheets. This extra cost is definitely worth it, if you want your Cv, resume or curriculum vitae to stand out.

What color paper should I print on.

There are numerous colors to choose from,  ranging from the hypnotic blues and pinks to ivory, cream or plain white.

Your CV is meant to be a highly professional self marketing document, so it is not recommended that you choose to print your CV on bright colored paper.  Avoid all bright colored paper. So what about plain white paper.

Plain white premium quality paper is ok.  It does have some flaws. In today’s highly competitive job market standing out from the crowd often helps the applicant get recognized and remembered.

To help your CV or resume stand out from the crowd choose a premium quality paper that is either Ivory, cream or other pale slighly off white color. In the piel of CV's that littel bit of color will help your CV to stand out.

Summary.

To help your CV, resume or curriculum vitae stand out from the rest of the Cv's in the pile choose a premium quality, water marked paper that is slighly heavier than normal printing paper but not to thick that it can't be faxed or printed. Also choose a pale color to print on, ivory or cream is perfect.

Don't use parchament paper, paper with weird and non professional patterns or brightly colored paper.

Your CV is a professional document but it is also a self marketing tool. Both factors have to be considered when printing your CV, resume or curriculum vitae.



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