Free is good. Free when you're looking for a job, especially if you're unemployed, is even better.
So next Tuesday, come one, come all, to FedEx Office, which used to be known as FedEx Kinko's, and before that, Kinko's, where people can print 25 free copies of their resumes on high-quality paper.
The resumes have to be ready to go -- but they can be on either paper or in a digital format, whether on a disc or flash drive.
The president and CEO of FedEx Kinko's, Brian Philips, in explaining this in a prepared statement, said, "We understand that the economy has affected many people in a very profound way, and we want to help. Printing resumes is one small way we can use our resources to help those who need it."
I don't doubt the sincerity of Mr. Philips, but it's a genius PR move. I have to think that the publicity that they're going to get will be significant; the goodwill may be even more so; and with everyone and their grandma having a printer of their own, it's likely to reintroduce a lot of people to their stores, which I'm betting have changed quite a bit since 2004 when FedEx bought the printing, binding and copying service, Kinko's. (I say, I'm betting, because I admit, I haven't been there for awhile.)
There are 1,600 FedEx Office locations around the country, so chances are, if you want in on this, you'll be able to. Many are 24-hour locations; many aren't. So if you plan at going at some odd hour, you may want to call ahead first.
Mark your calendar: March 10, FedEx Office will print your resume for free