Free Resume Printing?
In this downright scary economy where we can now admit to ourselves that we are living through a profound recession, it’s nice to find some deals, especially when it’s absolutely free. Not just that, but it’s likely also helping the very people that the recession is affecting each day: the laid off, the unemployed millions each day that have contributed to the 8.1 percent jobless rate announced last week –the highest in a quarter century.
FedEx Office, which used to be called FedEx Kinko’s, announced a keen deal that job seekers can find at all locations across the country.You can have up to 25 copies of your resume printed out on high-quality paper for the entire day on Tuesday, March 10. That’s right.
Just bring in your oft-updated resume, your key to marketing yourself to your future employer, and FedEx Office will reward you with the kind of print job that would have cost you maybe a few bucks or more. So what? You need to do this anyways, don’t you? This way you don’t have to drive to Staples and buy a whole expensive ream of bond paper when you’re only going to use about 30 sheets.
Save your dough. These are treacherous times; FedEx just wants to do its part by doing you a little favor. (Yeah, I know –they also want you to thank them by having them become your neighborhood destination for office printing stuff, and it’s an inspired promotion.)
According to the FedEx Office website:
The company invites customers to take advantage of this one-day event by visiting any of its 1,600+ FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers in the United States during regular business hours. This offer is good for 25 black-and-white resume copies per customer and is only valid for orders placed and picked up in-store. Customers may place orders by submitting their resume in printed format or as a digital file, and the copies will be printed single-sided on resume-quality paper.
And of course, by resume quality paper, they mean something that isn’t attached to a spiral notebook, you know, something of professional quality, free of smudges, coffee stains or what have you. And when you have to constantly hand out your resume to potential employers, this visual impact is the first tiny but potentially monumental impression you can make.
We also dig how President and CEO of FedEx Office Brian Philips reminds us all how very screwed up we all are noawadays and, ostensibly, how they want to do help. “We understand that the economy has affected many people in a profound way”, he asserts, “and we want to help”.
“Printing resumes is one small way we can use our resources to help those who need it.”
We also applaud how this freebie reminds us that we are also not so tied to paperless solutions, even when looking for a job. Job sites such as careerbuilder.com and monster.com have made it a practical necessity to invite people to post their resumes electronically.
In a way this is much more efficient; a job seeker can potentially send hundreds or even thousands of resumes via e-mail or through attachments every single day. The result: a glut of resumes overloading HR in-boxes and the task of using filtering tools that go through the “pile” looking for red flags on the one hand, and bright spots on the other. Convicted felon?
You’re looking for a consultant job at McKinsey and not sure whether “Frosty Maker” at Wendy’s is applicable? Best leave it off. But in the meantime, there is a neighborhood shop tomorrow that wants to help put that actual piece of meaningful paper together for you. Save your cash and grab a bite. Missed the recent “Million Subs” promotion at Quizno’s? Good because they have already reached the goal, so no more free deals for now.
While we search for the next freebies to help you through these crappy times, can we recommend either the warm, delicious $1 bowl of steel-cut (repeat: steel-cut) oatmeal deal at Jamba Juice? Or what about the feed-a-family-of-4-deal at Subway for their foot-long sandwiches. Make mine a turkey, ham and Provolone, hold the pickles, no olives, please. And oh yeah, get working on your resume and good luck! To find the nearest FedEx Office location, click here, or call 1-800-463-3339.