Resume Fonts That Get Results

There are thousands of fonts available these days and which font is best for your resume is an excellent question.

Resume Font Guidelines

Here are some recommendations regarding resume fonts that we have found to be useful when we write our resumes for our clients.


Resume Font Types - Your resume font should be easy to read and the each letter in the font should be easily identifiable on the page. Be careful when selecting a more "stylish" font as the letters sometimes are difficult to see or tend to be crushed together. Prospective employers should not be forming their opinion of your skills and abilities based on your style of font. So don't give them a reason to discard your resume because it is too difficult to read.


Our clients have had tremendous success with our resume writing and we create their resumes using standard style fonts. Some of the standard fonts we use include:

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checkmarkCentury Gothic



Resume Font Tips - Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are using your selected font for your resume.

1. Keep the same font type throughout your resume. Combining different font types can get messy if you are not careful. It can also cause the reader's eye to get stuck on the font change. Some fonts also are not universal which means that everyone else's computer may not have that style of font. If you are emailing your resume, you can run into all types of formatting issues with specialty font types unless you create a PDF file for your resume. You can review how to create a PDF for your resume in our Emailing Your Resume section.

2. Don't use a lot of bold type in your resume. Your name, headings and some of the employment and education names can be bolded but be careful not to use bold font in other areas. It will make your resume look disjointed and since everything on your resume is important, there is really no need to highlight certain words or phrases for more emphasis. Let your whole resume speak for you.


3. Use italic type sparingly as well. Italics can look very nice to emphasize a city or a company name but make sure that you do the same thing for all of the company names in your employment section for example, so that your resume has a nice flow to it visually.


4. Font sizes vary with the style of font you select so a 10pt font in one font type might not be exactly the same size as a 10pt font in another font type. Be aware of any major sizing differences with specialty fonts (yet another reason to stick with the standard fonts). Your main body of your resume should have a font size of somewhere around 10-12pt. If your font is too small, it will be difficult to ready and appear very busy. If your font is too large it will appear unattractive visually and that's not what you want people to think about when they are reading your resume.


So choose wisely as to the font that will best represent you but will also make your resume look sharp and easy to follow. You can't go wrong with the standards!


Let's get that resume started! Visit our Combination Resume Format section or jump right into creating your resume with our Step-By Step process.



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