Could the font on your resume be affecting your chances of getting a job? Three experts weigh in on the best resume font choices and their most despised options.
Unless you’re design-minded, you’ve probably never thought twice about the font you use on your resume. Recruiters are interested in the experience you list — not the font it appears in, right?
Not necessarily. As with many things related to getting a job, appearance counts. And apparently, the font you’re using on your resume could be giving recruiters the wrong impression about you.
In an article for Bloomberg, Natalie Kitroeff spoke with three typography experts to determine the best resume fonts — and the worst.
Fonts to embrace for your resume
The panel recommended these fonts as good choices for your resume: (Click here to tweet these fonts.)
Helvetica: “It feels professional, lighthearted, honest,” says Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design. “Helvetica is safe.” This font was the clear winner, according to the article.
Garamond: We all know resumes are only supposed to be one page, so try this font if you’re having trouble fitting everything in. “Garamond is legible and easy for the eye to follow,” says Matt Luckhurst, the creative director at Collins, a brand consultancy.
Didot: Applying for a fashion job and want to look fancy-schmancy? Give this font a shot; Luckhurst says it’s the equivalent of wearing a tuxedo to your job interview.
Avoid these fonts — on your resume, at least
And here are the fonts you should avoid:
Times New Roman: Though not all designers are strongly opposed to this stalwart, Hoff most definitely is. “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” he says. “It’s like putting on sweatpants.” Eek!
Courier: Though retro may be hip, it’s not the best choice for your resume. “You don’t have a typewriter, so don’t try to pretend that you have a typewriter,” Luckhurst says.
Comic Sans: We don’t think this tacky font is a good idea in any situation. And Hoff agrees, saying you should avoid it at all costs — unless you’re “applying to clown college.”
Though there may be other things more important about perfecting your resume — like making it enticing to recruiters and ensuring your spelling is correct — it may be time to take your font into consideration as well.
When you’re applying for a job, anything that can put you ahead of the competition — even if it’s just by a T — is worthwhile in our books.
Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer and travel blogger who loves helping people find adventure.