Resume Tip: How to Choose the Right Font

We all know that the content of your resume is important. Often, we spend our time thinking of what to include on a resume and this takes up most of our energy. Then, with whatever time we have left, we focus on the format. Formatting is important – even as important – as the content. If a resume is unreadable, it won’t be read. Fonts are an important aspect of your resume format, and here are 5 tips to help you choose the best font for your resume.

1). Keep it Simple. The old standbys – Helvetica, Times New Roman, etc. – may seem boring but they are used for a reason. These fonts are easy to read and look nice. They also look the same on every operating system. Keep it simple if you can.

2). Don’t Justify. Justifying your text often creates distracting gaps between words.

3). If They Have to Squint to Read it, They Won’t. And if it’s too big, it looks like you’re in elementary school (or trying to make your resume look longer than it is). Keep font sizes between 10 and 12.

4). Stay Away from Scripts. Fonts that look like they are written in cursive are impossible to read, particularly at first glance. People will not take extra time to try and decipher your resume – they will move on to the next one.

5). Okay… You Can Have Some Fun. There are some great, interesting fonts out there that can spice up your resume without being distracting. Use these sparingly, such as in your header or your section titles (Profile, Work History, Education).

Hope that helps! 🙂

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