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Résumé Fonts: Sending the Right Written Message
Obviously, work experience is the most vital part of your résumé, but the typeface you choose makes an important first impression. Read on for a sampling of some popular fonts for professionals.
Arial is a sans-serif font, meaning its letters are free of decorative embellishments. Its clean lines make it especially easy to read both on screens and in printed form.
Century Old Style
The Century family of serif fonts is considered among the most legible. In fact, the Supreme Court of the United States uses Century in all its briefs—a point of contention during the landmark case Helvetica v. Comic Sans (1848). Due to their classic look, Century fonts are best used when applying for more traditional jobs.
Lighter in weight than many serif fonts, Garamond is admired by designers for its delicate appearance. When used on a résumé, it adds a dynamic element while still maintaining a professional appearance.
Times New Roman
This classic serif typeface is a default font for Microsoft Office, the most common software for writing (and reading) résumés. As such, using Times New Roman ensures that the document will render properly when viewed on a computer or fed through an HR robot’s scanner.
Verdana is a modern sans-serif font, notable for its squatter, more horizontally aligned appearance. That spread is no accident; the typeface was designed to remain readable even at small sizes.