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Has the Hard Copy Resume Become a Dinosaur

In todays world the majority of recruitment is now performed on-line. Jobs are being posted onto job boards and applications are being sent digitally by filling out forms rather than printing resumes. This brings to light the question of whether or not there is still a need to create a resume. The simple answer is yes. Resumes are still a vital component of the hiring process. We at Hire Print fully support that candidates seeking new opportunity take the time to capture their skills and experience in a print ready, digitally formatted resume.

Technology in todays world is moving ever faster. There is credence to the fact that going digital rather than a hard copy resume uses less natural resources which benefits the environment. However, having a hard copy of your resume in hand during an interview helps the manager develop a conversational flow. There is no doubt that using job boards, social media profiles and email to apply to jobs may help save trees. However having the ability to reference your resume during an interview is a great way to keep nerves in-check. After all you may be a tad nervous when being interviewed by a potential employer. As a result of these nerves there are often times where the hiring manager will ask you a question regarding a previous date of employment, and you suddenly draw a blank. This is where having a printed hard copy of your resume in front of you is a comfort. It can easily be used as a reference sheet to answer any questions quickly and correctly.

Creating a well written resume is still needed in todays tech world

Having a hard copy resume during the interview process is a smart way of being prepared.

Be Prepared with a Printed Resume

The pandemic has introduced a great increase in companies who now interview virtually. The result is that you are likely interviewing from the comfort of your home office. Having two screens running as part of your interview plan is a great strategy. The interview may be viewed on your main screen while your resume is being viewed on a tablet or second monitor. While this is a great way to be prepared you still need to go a bit further. A paper copy in front of you provides a safety net in case of technical difficulties or if your screen suddenly quits.

Your Interviewer Might Not be as Prepared

Although you may have submitted your job application on-line, it does not mean the manager will have it in front of them during your interview. The manager may misplace it, forget to print a copy, or accidentally delete it. If this happens, the manager may turn to you to save the day!

There are many reasons why you should bring printed copies of your resume to the interview. The number one reason is that having a resume ready displays to your future employer that you are a person who is prepared.

Interview Flexibility

Having copies of your resume allows you to relax a little more during a stressful process. If you find yourself being interviewed by multiple team members you will have extra resumes to share. This demonstrates that you think ahead. 

Even if your resume is on their screen, offer a paper copy. Reviewing a hard copy can help refresh the interviewer’s memory. It could also be a welcome break from a glowing screen.

Old School Resume for the Win

Times and technology may change, but some things stay the same. Bringing a paper resume to your next interview, is an old-school gesture that can help the manager remember why they wanted to meet with you in the first place!

If you would like to create a resume, try our free built in resume builder. Register as a candidate with Hire Print and access this free tool.

No matter how you decide to present your resume, it needs to be well-written and highlight why you’re the best person for the job. And while you know yourself pretty well, some outside help can take your resume from good to fabulous.

At Hire Print we are here to help you present yourself in the best light. We will work with you to create a best version of your resume . Through our 20 plus years of professional recruiting we have learned all the tips and tricks that can help your resume impress a hiring manager. Whether it’s online or on paper, Hire Print is here to help