Printing your resume? Your 5 best resume paper options


Finding the right paper to printing your resume on can be tricky. You will see a number of specialty papers, with different weights, colors, textures, and compositions. 

Printing a resume on resume paper signals a certain level of preparedness, professionalism, and attention to detail. So, what exactly is resume paper? 

Resume paper is a more substantial and higher quality type of paper. It feels feels and looks great. Resume paper is heavier than copy paper, but is not as heavy or firm as something like cardstock. The unit of measure for for any type of paper weight (in the U.S.) is in "pounds," so we'll describe the right weight range based on this common unit of measure in the table below, compared to other familiar types of paper.  

As you may know, standard copy paper that you'll find in your everday printer is "20 pound" paper. Resume paper is heavier, and falls in the range of 24 - 32 pounds. So, 24lb resume paper is a modest 20% heavier than regular copy paper, while 32lb resume paper is a more substantial 60% increase over the weight of regular copy paper. Above 32 pound threshold, the paper begins to feel to firm for a resume - and more like what you would expect from a restaurant menu or greeting card.

 

 

 

In total we assessed 6 resume papers.

 

 

 

 

 


 

For a clean and polished look we really liked Magnum Opus' resume paper. In an interview setting we want to put our best foot forward and a premium paper product offers the professional polish you want to showcase.

This is one of those products you can tell was designed for quality from the package. This product delivers a modern and distinguished off-white that makes your resume stand out. The paper is made from virgin pulp fibers which is a fancy way of saying that the manufacturing process takes a few extra steps to make this paper feel and look like premium stock. This paper also comes with no watermark, which is surprisingly hard to find among other premium papers. For us, this was a smart bet for a big interview.  

    

 

 

 

 



Type of Resume Paper

Resume Paper weight

Comments

Regular copy paper

20 lb As you now know, this is not resume paper. We include it here for reference.

 

Southworth wove business paper, white

24 lb

This is would be the most subtly differentiated paper from regular copy paper.

This resume paper looks and feels very similar to standard copy paper. This product is smooth, and just slightly heavier than standard copy paper. If looking to showcase professional polish, this choice may be too subtle of a message.

Southworth linen business paper, ivory

24 lb

This product is a lightweight resume paper. The ivory color and linen texture gives this resume paper a traditional and elevated look and feel. The weight of this resume paper is 20% heavier than regular copy paper.

Magnum Opus Exceptional Resume Paper, White Ivory 28 lb This resume paper by Opus Paper offers a unique combination of quality, texture, and color. The white ivory color and lightly textured finish delivers a distinguished first impression. At 28 lb, this just off-white resume paper stands out.

Southworth linen resume paper, white

 

32 lb

This is linen resume paper option in a classic, polished white. The substantial 32 lb weight and texture differentiates it from regular paper upon touching it, rather than upon seeing it. This option is also ideal for most resumes that are printed in color. 

Southworth linen business paper, ivory

32 lb This 32 lb ivory resume paper is elevated in every way: look, feel, and weight. The linen texture and ivory color give this a "classic" resume look and the 32 resume paper weight gives it an elevated feel. 

 

Southworth linen resume paper, almond

32 lb This is a heavier weight resume paper with linen texture for a premium feel. The almond color is uncommon, but still still highly professional.
Card stock 50 lb+ For comparison of paper weight, don't print your resume on cardstock.
Grocery bag paper 75 lb For comparison of paper weight, definitely don't print your resume on a grocery bag. 

 

About Resumates

Resumates is an online resume printing service: we print your finished resume and deliver it to your door in two days, saving you precious hours to prepare for your upcoming interview or career fair. Our resume printing options are on premium paper, including white, ivory, and almond resume paper and a variety of paper weights. Skip the copy shop and relying on that old dusty old printer - simply upload your resume, select your favorite paper, and receive 25 prints of your finished resume within two days ($11.95+).

Resumates is a participant in the affiliate advertising programs, such as Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, designed to provide a means for Resumates to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to sites like amazon.com and/or others, and is affiliated with Magnum Opus making references to Magnum Opus advertisements. We are proud to endorse products that we know will enhance your interview experience, and only promote product and/or services that we fully believe in and support. 


2 comments


  • Patrick

    Bhavna, we are currently only U.S. based only and do not fulfill international orders. – hopefully one day!


  • Bhavna Bansal

    Hi..how to pay in Indian currency. Do u cater to Indian clients


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