Free resumes inspire job hunters

RALEIGH Nationwide, the chain formerly known as FedEx/Kinkos was offering 25 free resume copies to anyone looking for work.

"It's an opportunity for us to give back to our loyal clientele as well as the community," explained Raleigh store manager Tom Carter.

FedEx said in a news release that the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons increased to 11.6 million in January 2009. And with so many people looking to get their printed resumes in the hands of recruiters and hiring managers, it's prepared to help.

“We understand that the economy has affected many people in a very profound way, and we want to help,” said Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office. “Printing resumes is one small way we can use our resources to help those who need it.”

The deal was just good for Tuesday, and there were plenty of takers.

"At the same time I graduated, I was laid off from my job," said job hunter Ryan Candelario. "So I took advantage. Yeah, why not?!"

Twenty five copies of a two page resume typically runs around $10. FedEx even allowed customers to pick fancy resume paper.

Erin Ruben had to quit her job to move to the Triangle with her husband and the timing couldn't be worse.

"The economy has gone down the hill so it makes it a lot scarier," she explained. "Especially when you're not working, it's nice to have just a little help in getting all the resumes out there."

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