Looking for work is not easy and you want to make sure that the resume you have prepared is going to actually be read, rather than tossed quickly to the side. One important and sometimes overlooked starting point is to select the right font. Here you will find our top resume font recommendations to help you get your next job.
To make a good first impression and ensure job hunting success the font that you select needs to be professional, clear and legible. It is important as it sets the tone for the document before the reader even gets to the content. It should make your resume stand out and grab the attention of the employer. The font needs to be aesthetically pleasing, but not look like you haven’t put any thought into it.
Managers and recruiting staff usually have many other resumes in front of them to consider and limited time to locate the perfect candidate. They certainly will not have the time to fight through text which is not clear and easy to read. By selecting a suitable font you will increase the chances that your resume will be read and do its job of convincing the employer to call you in for an interview.
Another important consideration is that now many recruiters and companies use Applicant Tracking Systems to automate some of the hiring processes, and your resume also needs to be clean and simple in case it will be assessed electronically. Both machines and humans find simple, clear text easier to read. A difficult to read resume might lead to missed opportunities.
There are thousands of different fonts available to choose from, so it is not easy to know which to select. Your resume is your first chance to make a good impression with an employer so consider using one of these fonts to create just the right feel for yours.
- This font is a classic serif font which has an elegant and distinguished style.
- It is a good choice for a resume when there is a lot of information to be included, as it quite compact whilst still being very, very readable.
- Precursors to Garamond have been in use since the sixteenth century.
- Georgia is another nice clean legible serif font. It was specifically developed for use on screen, so it is easy on the eye for digital documents.
- Georgia is also easy to read even at smaller font sizes and comfortable for reading long passages of text.
- Gills Sans is a classic sans-serif font which was designed in England in the 1920s. It has a clean elegant feel which is still very modern.
- This a modern sans-serif font, which was only released in 2007. It has a clean, open and professional feel. “Warm and soft” is how its creator, Luc(as) de Groot describes the character of the font. It has replaced Times New Roman as the default typeface in the number of Microsoft Office programs.
- It is, therefore, a very solid, safe choice which is going to be familiar and universally readable. However, as it is the default typeface, selecting it might not communicate that you have put effort into your font selection.
- Helvetica is a classic Swiss designed font which is widely considered by designers to be one of the best fonts available. There is even a film which has been made about it.
- It is a clean contemporary sans-serif font which is open and very clear to read. You will see it used commonly in corporate logos, such as BMW and Panasonic.
- It will give your resume a professional and well-considered feel. Mac users have it included, but Windows users will need to purchase a copy.
- Trebuchet is an excellent sans-serif typeface, but is a little different and will stand out as it is slightly less common. It I another font which was created to render well on a computer monitor.
- Arial is another safe sans-serif font choice which is modern and easy on the eye.
- It is very similar to Helvetica, and although considered its poor cousin it would take a trained eye to distinguish the two fonts apart.
- One advantage is that Arial is more readily available to users on the Windows platform.
- This is a slightly less common choice and will give your resume a different feel to others in the pile. It is a slightly bolder modern sans-serif font, which is still very professional.
- It also features a fairly tight letter spacing which can be good for fitting more in a small space, without compromising readability.
- It was originally designed for Microsoft but is also now distributed on Macs.
Are you wondering why is there no Times New Roman on the list? It is one of those fonts which has been so commonly used that it now appears very unoriginal and overdone. Perhaps it is a little stuffy too. We think all the options above are far better choices for a professional resume.
All of these recommended fonts should be used in 10-12 point size, so it is a good clear size on the page and the important points can be located quickly. Avoid using too many variations as well – keep capitalization and the use of bold, italics or underline to a minimum. Using any fancy fonts, script fonts or handwriting styles will most likely immediately flag you as being unprofessional and lead to you being overlooked no matter how qualified you are for the position.
To be sure your resume looks the best it can, it is a good idea to always print a copy of it to assess, and never rely just on what you see on screen. You can check the overall look and font size, plus see for yourself exactly how easy it can be read. Check particularly to make sure it doesn’t look or feel too cramped or the text too dense to be read quickly.
If you are applying for a job in the creative fields, like the design, advertising or architecture, then the employer might be open to some different font choices. However, remember that communication is the ultimate goal and your font choice needs to remain professional and readable.
One last crucial point to remember is to make sure you send your resume as a PDF so that your careful font selection and other formatting is preserved and viewed by the employer.