Does It Matter Which Resume Font You Use?Monday, July 11th, 2011
Yes and no. While it’s unlikely someone will scrutinize your documents and spend precious time trying to identify the style, it can make a subtle difference. Nearly every time someone sends me their resume, it’s in Times New Roman, and statistics back me up – an estimated 90% of resumes are written in Times! Not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just overused. By choosing a more unique font (a change that takes less than 5 seconds to make), your resume will be slightly different from most of your competition – never a bad thing when there can be upwards of 100 applications for some jobs.
So, which font should you use? I once heard that after Times New Roman, Arial comes in second place. There’s good reason to use it, aside from the fact that it stands out more than Times. It’s a clean font, and very easy for most people to read. Still though, wouldn’t you like to maximize your marketing materials and stand out even more?
No, I’m not suggesting you use Wingdings! In fact, there’s a risk to using some of the little known fonts, as they might not translate well across different computer systems. To get you started, a few of my favorite fonts for resumes are: Garamond, Century Gothic, Verdana, and Tahoma. While these are just a few possibilities, consider your personal situation before making your final selection. The font should fit in well with your industry (for example, more conservative for a role in banking), and the overall “look” needs to work. Set your resume aside for a day and come back to finalize. If you’re still happy with your choice, you’re good to go!