How To Find the Perfect Resume Font

Finding a great resume font can really set your resume apart from the others and project competency. What are the best fonts for your resume?


What Makes a Good Resume Font?

It’s understandable to want to make your resume stand out. Recruiters today are dealing with a higher volume of qualified candidates than ever before, so making a good first impression is key. There are many ways to create a stand-out resume, but many don’t realize that something as simple as the font they use can have a huge impact. A good resume font should be:

One of the great benefits of Microsoft Word is that it is possible to ensure all documents have a certain level of readability. This is because of the standardized nature of the most common fonts; unlike handwriting, they are intentionally clear. Don’t mess with this legibility by choosing a font that is overly stylized, very thin, or very condensed.

The vast majority of word processor fonts are fairly simple in appearance, and you should use this to your advantage. While you can get custom fonts, these are a bad idea for resumes as they aren’t standard to most operating systems. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that something unusual will be beneficial by default. Overly fancy fonts may be problematic for the ATS (applicant tracking systems) that employers use to scan resumes. Don’t get fancy with your font, and create an issue that leads to your resume being discarded without consideration.

While there are a number of fun, gimmicky fonts to choose from it is important that you stick to one that has a professional air. After all, you are applying for a job and hiring managers will expect professionalism even if you are entering a creative industry. Avoid any font style that is cursive, designed to imitate handwriting, or intentionally informal (for example, Comic Sans).
Just because you need to keep it simple and professional, however, doesn’t mean that you have a limited choice when it comes to the font style you can choose for your resume.

What Are the Best Fonts for My Resume?

Generally speaking, the best resume fonts are those that fall under the Sans Serif font category. These fonts are best for resume and cover letter writing because they are simple, clean, professional and easy to read for the average ATS. While the default font in a word processor tends to be either Arial or Times New Roman, a professional resume needn’t stick to one of these two fonts. These are some of the best fonts for resume writing:

● Arial
● Cambria
● Calibri
● Didot
● Garamond
● Times New Roman
● Helvetica
● Georgia
● Tahoma
● Trebuchet MS
● Verdana

Within these options, you can also personalize your resume by using italics, bold typeface, headers and subheadings to distinguish one resume section from another. This will give a sense of structure and organization to your resume.

What Should My Resume’s Font Size Be?

Keeping your resume concise is of great importance if you want to stand out, and many people try to use very small font sizes to get all of their information onto one page. This is not a great idea. While you do have some flexibility with font sizes, it is best that you go no lower than 10.5 for the main body of your resume. Any smaller number runs the risk of making your resume illegible. In order to maintain readability, you should keep your font sizes to the following guidelines:

Main Body
Depending on your font choice, the main body of your resume should have a font size of between 10.5 and 12. A font size of 12 is considered standard, while 10.5 would be exceptionally small. If you want a little extra room to play with and you have a very clear font type, size 11 would be a good choice.

Resume headings should stand out from the main body of the document to allow hiring managers to identify sections of interest quickly. A professional resume will have distinct headings; increasing the font size one or two points above that of the main body is a good idea. For example, if your default font size is 11, your heading should be 12 or 14.

Your Name
Your name should be immediately noticeable at the top of your resume. With that in mind, a font size of 18 to 22 is recommended, as it will ensure that your name is clear to anyone who looks at your resume without swamping the rest of the page.

Once you have the right font type and size in mind, it is time to decide on a format and begin crafting a winning resume to make a great first impression and land you that new job you’ve been looking for.

FAQ: Best Fonts for a Resume

Q: Can I use multiple fonts in a single resume?

Yes. If you feel that a different font choice would be best for certain sections in your resume, you can use multiple fonts. Just be careful to ensure that the fonts you choose do not visibly clash with each other.

Q: Does font size impact my resume’s options through ATS?

Font size and style have a big impact on how your resume reads through ATS. Very large or small fonts may not read well, and this can impact your job search. Make sure your resume makes it to hiring managers by following our font size tips above.

Q: How can I get font recommendations for my resume?

ResumeHelp has a range of resume templates and resume examples that you can consider, as well as an extensive library of informative articles for job seekers who want help in crafting an effective resume.

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