The Reader Sees
More than Words
Just as your unspoken communications (e.g., facial expressions, wardrobe) often set the tone for your spoken words and deeply affect how those words are received, there are a number of elements beyond the words in your résumé that set the tone for your written words and have great impact on the reader's level of interest and attention. Here they are.
So many candidates use nonwhite paper these days that you will probably attract more attention with white paper. If you can afford it, fluorescent white 24-pound 100 percent cotton is ideal (e.g., search for item number 20288 at www.crane.com). If not, regular bright white 24pound bond will suffice. The choice you make here is a lot like the modest investment that home sellers make to improve the curb appeal of their home—such an investment is usually money well spent.
Print your résumé in black, the most suitable color for those and other pre-interview documents. If you use inks other than black, you risk not being taken seriously by employers.