Posted by Brian McCullough
Here’s something that seems like a very plain vanilla job search trick, but it’s pretty useful if you don’t know how to do it.
When we print resumes on heavy resume paper for our clients, we will very often print on both sides of the paper. Thus, a 2-page resume can sit on one sheet of paper, front and back.
This weekend, I had a client ask if we used any sort of fancy printer to do it. She wanted to know if she could do this herself going forward. I said no. In fact, we use a very basic HP laser printer to do our printing, and I figure that a lot of modern printers can do what we do. So, if your printer is, say, less than 5 years old, you can print your resume on both sides of the paper as well.
Here’s how to do it:
How To Print Your Resume On Both Sides Of The Paper
Check and see if your printer handles “duplex printing.”
What is duplex printing? It’s the fancy term for… you guessed it… printing on both sides of the paper. If you have this feature, then the process is pretty straight forward and automated.
First, go to print. I’ll be assuming you’re using Microsoft Word.
Select print, but not “quick print.”
Next, you’re going to want to hit the Properties button.
Finally, you’re going to hit the Printing Shortcuts tab, and select Eco-print (Two-sided Printing)
And that’s it. Now when you hit OK to print, it will automatically print first on one side of the paper… then suck it back in and print on the other side.
By the way, you can click on any of the pictures above to enlarge them.
But What If My Printer Doesn’t Have Duplex Printing?
This is not a problem. Why? Because if you think about it, you can manually force any printer to print on both sides of the paper.
Simply print one page.
Then, take that page and manually feed it back into the printer, but being sure to turn it over. Now, print page 2. It should come out on the other side of the page you’ve just printed.
You might have to experiment a few times to get this right, as some printers feed upside down, head to foot, etc.
But if you just experiment a little with manually feeding the paper, absolutely any printer can print on both sides of the paper.
Simple tip, I know. But might be useful to some.