A lot of people don’t know that their résumé may get tossed if they don’t use the appropriate font. While some people might think any font is acceptable, experts point out the worst and best font to use on a résumé.
A résumé is designed to introduce a person to a prospective employer. The résumé should be as presentable as possible if it is to lead to an interview. People might think the typeface doesn’t matter, but it matters a lot.
Some people use the default font that is on their computer. Usually, that default font is Times New Roman. A typography expert reveals the worst font to use is Times New Roman. He said that Times New Roman is “like putting on sweatpants” for an interview, according to Bloomberg Business.
The Huffington Post agrees that Times New Roman may be a classic font, but it’s apparently a no-go when it comes to applying for a job.
The consensus among typographical experts say Helvetica is the absolute best font to use. Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, gives his opinion.
“Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest. Helvetica is safe. Maybe that’s why it’s more business-y.”
Helveltica is a beautiful font, and it is good to use because it is considered to be sans-serif. That simply means that the letters do not have the tiny “feet” that are on the “T” in Times New Roman.
Business News Daily reveals that if you want your résumé to be read, it should be typed in a legible, professional-looking font. Since a prospective employer has only a few seconds to look at a résumé, it should grab his attention right away.
The typeface you use for your résumé should be easy on the eyes and should show up well both in print and on a screen. Therefore, it’s a good idea to choose a standard, universal font that works on any computer’s operating system.
While Times New Roman appears to be the worst to use on a résumé, and Helvetica seems to be the best, there are other fonts in between the worst and the best. Be careful not to use flashy fonts that are better used on invitations and flyers. Be careful of fonts that appear childish, boring, and unprofessional. If you are unsure which font to use, let Helvetica be your default font, and stay clear of all the others.
Remember, it is your résumé that will get you an interview for the job you really want. Use the best font that experts recommend. Use questionable fonts on other documents but not on your résumé.
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