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Have resume, will copy

Owner offers free duplication for those sending out job applications

Posted: March 19, 2009 1:20 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Charan Anand, owner of PostNet in Saugus, is helping the unemployed of the community by allowing them to print 25 copies of their resumes for free.

 
When you're unemployed, every penny and every bit of kindness matters.

Saugus resident Gregory Sjogren, who's unemployed, printed 25 copies of his resume Tuesday at PostNet, 26504 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus - for free.

PostNet's owner, Charan Anand, is offering the deal, along with 50-percent-off resume faxing, to unemployed residents of the Santa Clarita Valley until April 30.

"It's a big help," said Sjogren. "I had trouble even making my (mail) box rental (fee) which was due last month," said the laid-off production supervisor.

When Anand realized Sjogren was anxiously awaiting his unemployment check and couldn't afford his mailbox rental on time, the owner decided it was time to pitch in to help his community.

"Free resume printing can mean a lot for someone who's just lost their job," Anand said. "Our business has managed to weather the storm so far, so we're glad to be able to give back and do what we can to help people in their job search process."

Anand said his store is doing well because of relationships built within the community, use of different marketing avenues, networking meetings, good customer service, coupons, local charity events and pretty much "being out and about."

"We believe in givers' gain," he said. "If you give some, you'll gain eventually. I'm keeping that attitude instead of just being greedy to accept everything."

Free copies might not seem like a lot, but Sjogren - who has more than 10 years of business management behind him - said every little bit helps as he struggles to survive on unemployment checks.

"I have a printer at home. I could print 30 copies out at home, but I'm out of ink," he said. "Then I'd have to go spend $30 for an ink cartridge over at (an office supply store) across the street."

The generous help is also a good way to kick-start his job search energy again, said Sjogren, who was laid off in October.

"Unfortuntately, we all know somebody who has been in this position before," Anand said. "Losing your job is never easy, but it's even worse in this economy. We wanted to offer this program to help our community and help get our neighbors back on their feet."

Users can stop by the store to take advantage of the offer or upload resumes through PostNet's Web site www.postnet.com/ca241. Only the Saugus PostNet offers the free service.

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