The implications of this study, which is breaking news today, are mind-boggling.

Job seekers take note: Resumes printed on heavy paper stock are likely considered more seriously than those on lightweight sheets.

That’s the finding of a new study that reveals our sense of touch unconsciously influences our thoughts and moods.

“When people physically experience weight—when they feel heavy things—it makes them see the world in a more serious and important way,” said study leader Joshua Ackerman. (See: “Warm Your Hands, Warm Your Outlook?”)

Ackerman and colleagues created six experiments where they gave people similar objects of different textures and weights, such as heavy or light clipboards and rough or smooth jigsaw puzzle pieces. Handling the objects affected the subjects’ impressions and decisions, the study found.

  1. Buzz says:

    #7 Yes, PDFs are rampant, but people who submit them on 32 GB thumb drives get preferential treatment.

  2. bobbo, is all politics necessarily corrupt, or always a choice says:

    At one time, I wrote resumes professionally “Baron Resumes” if you ever used my service. The basic service provided 20 resumes on the heaviest paper available. Plain white was offered but never wanted–always a light off color. I never consciously realized until now that I expressed this innate preference.

    I wonder if it goes back to selecting rocks and clubs for out primate survival? Ha, ha, — it goes with ephemeral ideas as well: “Thats Heavy” not to include my brother.

  3. Stephen Harper says:

    It worked for me!

  4. bobbo, is all politics necessarily corrupt, or always a choice says:

    Well, not much there:

    Makes it look like no one actually supports the xxx domain name as they are only generically described rather than listed, at least by footnote? Flat charge regardless of extension.

    Spam/porn–you’d think after two years of not wanting to become a court reporter or not wanting a free dell laptop that my name would drop off their list==but no. Almost makes me want to go to the store and “almost” buy a Dell but then at the last moment decline purchase because they spammed me so much==or is Dell totally innocent and its those third party providers?

    Third Parties should be outlawed.

  5. Milo says:

    Nobody touches a resume anymore until it’s been approved by some resume scanning program anyway.

    I’ve considered trying to figure out how to give corporations a virus this way!

  6. Floyd says:

    I’m job hunting. While I understand the impressiveness of heavier paper stock when reading a resume’, very few hiring companies want anything but an electronic document these days.