There are the best fonts, and there are the worse fonts to use when you’re making your resume. And it does make a difference if you don’t want your resume to be ignored or deplored by the recruiter. Your choosing the wrong typeface for your resume will look like you wearing a jogging outfit to an interview.
Always bear in mind that your resume isn’t just a piece of paper; it is the sales proposal of yourself and your skills and how you sell yourself, the product, to a company. Unfortunately, many who are not familiar with fonts choose the wrong typeface, thinking that a certain font can express who they are. In truth, not all fonts are good for those resumes and curriculum vitaes.
Helvetica is no-worry, no-fuss, no-trouble, and is straightforward with no leaning on any side. It is the most professional looking and honest looking font for resumes. Helvetica is also safe because of its business look. Another font almost similar to this is Sans-Serif because this font doesn’t have the tiny feet that adorn most fonts that are bad for resumes. However, instead of using an imitator, you can just stick to Helvetica. So, you get the message that the simpler the font, the better for resumes and CV’s.
This is Helvetica’s close cousin after Sans-Serif and isn’t included in most Windows Office fonts so you need to purchase it. But if you have cash to spare, this equally professional looking font has less of edges with a very soft feel. While Helvetica is stiff and professional, Proxima Nova is professional that is a little rounder. Actually, many recruiters have expressed their like for this font and is a hit with the higher suits.
Garamond is a great font for those very long resumes to make them look shorter or to fit two pages into one. This font is easy on the eyes to follow and very legible. It is just as professional looking like Helvetica, just as soft as Prima Nova, but without the tails of other fonts.
Times New Roman
There has been much controversy over this font because it is a classic and many swear that their resumes were in Times New Roman when they were called for an interview. However, many recruiters say that this font is somewhat staid. What makes Times New Roman somewhat wrong is that a recruiter might think that you didn’t put enough thought in selecting a font and just stayed with a classic. So if you’re writing articles, this font is fine, but for your resume, pass it over.
Typewriters are obsolete so why use a font that was used by typewriters. Your computer doesn’t reflect your handwriting so don’t use a font that mimics a typewriter.
Unless you’re applying for a designing job, stay away from this font that will get your resume immediately chucked into the trash bin. Also stay away from flowery fonts like Brush Script because you’re not submitting your resume handwritten.