What is the Best Font to Use on a Resume?
Fonts are important; it’s one of the most crucial design choices you will make on your CV. The wrong font can make a heck of a difference when it comes to getting those interviews.
All too often I see resumes and covering letters for job applications that look like they were written by kids, instead of the adult that says they are applying for the job.
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Your CV is your first impression, and you want to make a good first impression. You want to show your prospective employer you are professional, intelligent and right for the role.
When I see CV’s for the first time, there are always layouts and fonts that make me instantly discard them. Sometimes it might feel like you can’t win when it comes to crafting the perfect CV. But professional resume writing doesn’t have to be so hard.
But here are some tips on the best font style for resumes to help you on your way.
Keep it simple – I don’t want to see anything written in a complicated script. If I can’t read it, I’m shredding it, and it’s as simple as that. No hiring manager is going to spend hours trying to read a CV that is unclear.
Make it as easy for your employer as possible. You don’t want your resume to be discarded because your prospective employer can’t read all the great things you have to say about yourself. Less is more when it comes to the font, and
I recommend something that isn’t fussy and sans serif.
I think fonts like Times New Roman look old fashioned in comparison with more up to date fonts, like Calibri. Calibri looks modern, it looks clean, and it’s the ideal resume font.
Too small and I can’t read it (I’m not going to strain my eyes). Too large and I feel like I am reading the letter chart in the opticians.
If you have a large font, it will look like you are trying to fill up space on the page, and you probably are. If you have a lot of dead space, think about formatting your CV and using a new layout. This could fill up some of the space you are finding intimidating on the page.
Anything too small and you are trying to cram too much on. Think about condensing the number of words you have used to allow you to make your resume more readable. What I would say somewhere around font size 11 is about right for a CV.
Most documents are written in size 11 font, so we are used to it and it feels familiar.
Colour and spacing
Always have your fonts for resume writing in black. Trust me; any other colour looks weird. I received one in a dark blue the other day, and it just reminded me of the font colour when you forward an email.
Make sure there is plenty of white space on your CV. Don’t choose a font that makes the letters look like they are being squeezed together on the page. Make sure your font has an evening spacing and your bullet points, and descriptions are cleared deciphered.
Whatever you do, just promise me you won’t use Comic Sans – you aren’t applying to be a hall monitor in primary school. It’s not the best font for a resume!