Which Font is Preferred When It Comes to Your Resume?

Choosing a font may seem like a small decision when so many other features of your job search resume appear to be more important. On the other hand, it becomes primary when you realize that readability is key for the hiring manager that has to pour through perhaps a hundred or more resumes a day—depending on the job.

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So first things first. Select a font that is easy to read and pleasing to the eye. Right there you will either grab the employer's attention or turn him or her away. Speaking of making a good impression, be sure you do not used colored or scented paper or graphics, unless you are applying for a job in graphic design. That would be a separate matter.

For the typical resume, it's wise to select Times New Roman font—the most common choice, size 12 in black. It is referred to as a 'serif font' because of the little 'tails' on the ends of the upper case letters. It is in fact, a very attractive font without being too much.

More Serifs

Other serif fonts to consider, include Georgia, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style, or Garamond.

Some people prefer what are called sans serif fonts. They do not have tails and present a block-like appearance. Popular choices in this category include Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic, or Lucida Sans.

You may also consider making your headings and name stand out from the other text on your resume. Type some words in bold, use italics, underline or CAPITALIZE. But of course, avoid overdoing it. The point is to draw respectful attention to your resume and the parts that are most important to you without making the reader's eyes glaze over.

In this day of competition, some job shortage, and employer discretion, do all that you can to make your job search resume short, focused, and attractive by using a pleasing font that will draw attention to your skills and experience.

If you have a particular certification or designation which sets you apart in your field, that reference might be a good item to highlight so the hiring manager will see this distinction at a glance.

Remember, it takes so little to be above average and to attract the very person who is likely to invite you in for an interview or toss your resume into the 'round' basket. So why not make it easy for him or her to make the choice to meet you and even offer you the job you've been wanting by making sure your resume font works toward that goal.

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