How to Print a Resume on Resume Paper

Updated July 20, 2017

The most important aspect of printing your resume on resume paper is aligning the watermark with the printed text. This is an often-overlooked step that can give your resume that professional look and feel needed to impress your future employer. Test printing on non-resume paper is vital in assuring your final resumes are printing properly and professionally.

Start by writing your name on a normal piece of blank printing paper. This will be a substitute for the watermark on the heavy duty resume paper.

Feed this paper into the printer noting the direction you are feeding. With some printers, the side you put face down (the side you wrote your name on) in the feed tray will actually be the side the printer will print on the paper. With other printers, the side you want to print on must be put in the feeder face up.

On your computer, type "Control P" to automatically bring up the print box, or on the toolbar click on "File," "Print" and "OK" on the box that appears. Print a test page on the paper with your handwritten name on it. Inspect the test page. If the printed text aligns with your handwritten name then you can successfully begin printing on resume paper. If the text does not line up with your name, you will have to print additional test pages until you understand the feed orientation of your printer.

Hold the resume paper up to the light to see the orientation of the watermark. Load the resume paper into the feed tray in the same manner as the successful test page.

Print your resume on the resume paper. Once printed, set the final copies to the side and allow the ink to dry fully to avoid smudging.


Print your resume one page at a time. Resume paper is thicker than other types of paper, and loading too many pages could jam your printer.

Things You'll Need

  • Resume paper
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Based in North Carolina, Franklin Brewer has been writing since 2003, specializing in history, architecture and technology. Brewer holds a Bachelor of Science in history from North Carolina State University, as well as a Master of Arts in architecture.