When it comes to designing your resume, the advice most professional resume writers will give is to keep it simple. Don’t make it too complicated and don’t use weird fonts. But on the flip side, there’s much less said on what fonts should be used.
To settle this age-old problem once and for all (for now), Bloomberg gave the font situation a long hard look. What this report says is that Helvetica was the safest choice. Helvetica and it’s sans-serif relatives drip with professionalism and they’re easy to read – both great qualities when it comes to font.
Resume Fonts That Don’t Work
Now that we know what’s awesome, let’s look at what doesn’t work. There are several types of fonts that leave a bad taste in the mouths of many recruiters and HR professionals, but the sins they commit are varied. To help you avoid the bad eggs, take a hard look at the losers:
These are just a few of the fonts you should be wary of:
Times New Roman. This has been an old and trusted friend in the font world. And although that’s great, it also means that it’s getting pretty worn out because it’s seen all the time. Choosing Times New Roman tells your future employers that you didn’t bother to change the default in Word.
Connected Script Fonts. You didn’t handwrite your resume, so why do you want someone to think you did? Connected script fonts look like handwriting (not mine, but someone’s handwriting) and they’re just as difficult to read. Never, ever use these when writing a professional resume.
Courier. Like Times New Roman, Courier is a relic of days long past. It’s the font typewriters used. You’re not using a typewriter, so why are you using Courier? Courier sends the same “I can’t be bothered” message to future employers, along with a potentially ruffling “look how cool I am for using an antique font.”
Comic Sans. Are you really using this font on your resume? Doesn’t matter — stop doing it right this instant! Although Comic Sans is a fun font, your resume isn’t a game and that’s the message you send by using it. Your resume is a professional document, so always keep that forefront in mind — it should look as suit and tie as it is.
When it comes to your resume, the font you choose is as important as the outfit you wear to the interview you hope that document will land. It’s vital to put your best foot, and font, forward to any HR person who might be reviewing that resume — keep it easy to read with a tidy and universally-respected font like Helvetica.