If you need your resume printed, we always recommend having it professionally done (Staples, OfficeMax, etc., you can even order online). Make sure it is printed “full-bleed” (aka borderless) on nice bright white, heavier (ex. 32lb) paper. It will look SO much better than anything you can do at home!
Here are some tips to print your resume:
- Before printing your resume, make sure your printer has the ink cartridges full, otherwise, you may be seeing your document lighter than normal
- Use high-quality paper. You can purchase resume paper, which is a bit thicker and more textured than normal printer paper, from office supply stores. Although it is more expensive than regular paper, it will make an immediate impression on potential employers.
- Use a quality printer. High-quality paper and great content will not help if you print your resume on a low-quality printer. Print your resume with a laser printer if possible. While inkjet printers are generally fine for printing resumes, the ink can smudge and may run if it gets wet. Resumes printed with laser printers will have ink that is less vulnerable to smudging, and that will not run as easily if the potential employer gets it wet at some point.
- Printing your resume with no borders produces a clean, sharp, professional-looking print. If you have a printer that supports borderless printing, you have the ability to print any file without margins. This feature can be very useful, especially if the file you want to print contains content that goes all the way to the edges of the page. However, if your printer supports borderless printing, the default setting for PDF files is to shrink the content to fit standard page margins (usually an inch on each side). If you do not have borderless printers we recommend you print your resume in a print shop or copy shop.
PRINTING YOUR RESUME WITH NO BORDERS
If you are using a domestic printer that does not accept printing to the edges, Your printed resume will appear with a white border. That’s because the cartridge cart your printer is not able to print to the edges. This is very common. Most home printers do not print to the edges.
If a white margin appears in the print preview or when you print your resume on paper, it means that your printer does not accept printing at the edges. It’s normal, most home printers and many business printers do not accept border printing. To get an accurate result, we recommend that you print your resume in a copy shop or professional print shop. Print your resume from the pdf. Your resume in pdf format does not have white borders and in the copy shop, they know how to print it so that it looks with the blue box adjusted to the edge. Take your resume in pdf format to the copy/print shop. There they know how to print it professionally without borders.
SAVE / EXPORT AS PDF FROM WORD:
- Choose File> Save As from the menu at the top of the screen.
- Rename and/or choose a place to save your file. From the ‘Format’ drop-down menu select ‘PDF’.
- Press ‘Save’ and the PDF will be made in the background in no more than a few seconds depending on your computer and the complexity of the file.
You can also try the following:
- Click on “File” and then “Page Setup …”. Select “Format For” and “Any Printer”.
- Click on “Paper Size” and then “Manage Custom Sizes …”.
- In the window that pops up, click on the “+” (plus sign) icon to create a new template – name it “Borderless”.
- Set the paper size as:
- If you are using US Letter format: 215.9mm x 279.4mm (or 8.5 x 11 inches).
- If you are using A4r format: 210 mm x 297 mm (or 8.267 x 11.692 inches).
- Set “Non-Printable Areas” to “User Defined” and set all four boxes to 0.
- Click “OK” to save your changes.
- Under “File” select “Save As …”. In the window that opens, select “Format” as “PDF”
- Select “SAVE” to save your now-borderless PDF.
Here you can find more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc8XlJm6fSo and https://www.redrivercatalog.com/infocenter/tips/inkjet-borderless-size-printing.html