What Are the Best and Worst Fonts for Your Resume?

July 19th, 2017


Because hiring managers typically spend less than 10 seconds scanning your resume, it’s important you make a strong impression and encourage them to see what you have to offer. Therefore, your resume needs to appear organized and professional. To increase your odds of having your resume read, you need to choose the proper fonts for presenting your information. Here are some of the best and worst fonts to use for your resume.

Best Resume Fonts

Garamond gives your resume a classic, polished appearance that makes it look interesting and stand out from the rest. Also, you can fit more information on one or two pages while keeping everything readable.

Gil Sans is simple and sophisticated. The font gives your resume a classic yet modern appearance.

Cambria shows up well on computer monitors for better on-screen reading. The font also remains clear in print due to its sturdy letter construction and is readable at small sizes.

Calibri appears modern, tasteful, interesting and professional. The font is also clear, readable and straightforward. In addition, typing at a 12-point size will let you put approximately 500 to 750 words on one or two pages, the ideal length for your resume.

Lato has a serious but friendly appearance that was originally designed for corporate use. The font looks neutral in body copy and has unique attributes at increased sizes.

Helvetica possesses modern, clean lines and exceptional clarity. The font gives your resume a clean, contemporary, professional look.

Georgia has thicker strokes that make the font easily readable at many sizes. Also, the font is easily read on computer screens.

Worst Resume Fonts

Times New Roman is overdone. The font is hard to read at small sizes, doesn’t display well on screens and makes your resume look like everyone else’s.

Futura is more geometric looking and has an atypical appearance. Lowercase letters are unusually tall and have a noticeable contrast between sharp and round letter shapes. Because the font is more decorative than practical, it shouldn’t be used on your resume.

Arial is overused as well. Using the font may convey an image of being unoriginal. Also, the font is looser and more irregular than Helvetica, which it’s adapted from, making it potentially difficult to read.

Courier gives the appearance of being typed on a typewriter, producing an outdated image. Also, because every letter is equally spaced, it can look unnatural, especially on pages of text.

Brush Script looks like handwriting. The font is overused and makes your resume look dated.

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