Choosing the right resume paper weight: 20 lb vs 24 lb vs 32 lb

The variety of resume paper you might find at a local copy store could be confusing for the occasional print job. Which paper weight is the right paper weight to print my resume? 

Resume paper should be between 24lb - 32lb paper weight. 24lb resume paper is 20% heavier than regular copy paper, while 32lb resume paper is 60% heavier than regular copy paper. Resume paper is - at least partially - made with cotton, keeping it soft and unlike firmer cardstock.

Heavier weight is not necessarily better. The right weight resume paper is one that reflects your personal style. For a subtle difference over standard copy paper, choose 24 lb paper. For a premium and luxe feel, select 32 lb paper. It's that simple. 

So, for a distinguished look and feel, choose something like 28 lb Magnum Opus Resume Paper or the the linen-textured Southworth 32 lb ivory resume paper. For a more subtle difference over copy paper, check out Southworth's 24 lb white linen-texture resume paper

With Resumates, skip the paper buying and copy shop altogether and have your resume printed on premium paper and delivered to your home in two days, starting at $11.95+. Simply upload your finished resume, select your resume paper color and weight, and receive 25 crisp resume prints delivered to your home within two days.

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