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Cartridge World stores offer free résumé printing for new grads

According to a recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, nearly 1.8 million college graduates will enter the job market in 2013. To help recent grads land their first job, Cartridge World, the leading ink and toner retailer, is offering free résumé printing services.

To receive free printing of 15-25 copies of a résumé, Cartridge World stores invite new college graduates to stop by in June with their résumé on a USB flash drive (two-page maximum length, one-color printing).

“A successful job hunt starts with a great résumé, and Cartridge World is here to help local grads get the job done right,” said Tom McLaughlin, marketing director, in a press release. “We have 600 locally-owned Cartridge World stores across North America who understand the value of local networking and community support. ‘Keeping it local’ is great place to start a job search – especially with the local chamber of commerce and business organizations.”

Cartridge World offers these résumé writing tips:

• Format matters. Limit your résumé to one page. Put references on a separate page. Use a 1-inch margin on all four sides. Bullet-point skills and achievements for easy identification.

• Online vs. print résumés. In today’s digital world, most employers will receive résumés via email or on a job board. However, a hard copy sent by mail can grab an employer’s attention. Always bring a hard copy to a job interview.

• Choose a universal font. A traditional serif type font, such as Times New Roman, is the easiest for employers to read. Avoid Arial, which can look too plain and lose the reader’s attention.

• Cover letters are key. According to a survey by Creighton University, more than 85 percent of U.S. employers said cover letters were “very important” to include – even if the employer only spends one minute looking at it. Use a cover letter to supplement facts and skills, and express your personality and passion.

Area Cartridge World locations are at 3106 Three Oaks Road in Cary, 17E Crystal Lake Plaza in Crystal Lake, and 1809 S. Route 31, McHenry.

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