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One of the most important draft alternatives you can make on your resume is your font. The typeface you use can send a strong message regarding your character, style and professionalism. All of which can impact a hiring manager's impression of you before they've even met you in person.
According to resume and career experts, here are the best font choices for job seekers, and the kind of message each one sends to potential employers.
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If you want to use a sans-serif theme font, Arial is one of the best options for your resume. Mr. Bhatt, Head HR Jobaap Career Solvers, commented that he likes to see the Arial font because the lines are clean and it's easy to read. A Creative blogger group post noted that some hiring managers may find Arial to be common and unsophisticated. However, this tried-and-tested classic font has become a standard font which is definitely a safe choice.
As the default Microsoft Word font, Calibri is an excellent option for a safe and universally readable font. Professional resume writer Prudvi is a strong advocate of Calibri on resumes, noted on one of his blogs that it is a familiar font to most readers and executes well on computer screens.
This serif theme font is another "default-type" font that works well for a resume because many recruiters are familiar with it. A Monster.com blog post describes Cambria as being "not as formal as Times New Roman, but just as dependable”.
If you are working in a productive industry like fashion or photography, you can showcase your style and sophistication with Didot. A Canvas Design School blog post called this serif font "distinctive" and classy," praising its upscale look. However, author Ram Kumar advised job seekers that delicate Serifs display best at larger sizes. You can use Didot only for headings on your resume.
Job seekers who are looking for an old-font style should consider using Garamond for their resumes. This timeless typeface has "a simple elegant and has a polished look while in print and also on screen”, says Mr. Suresh, Consultant, Infra Bazaar Private Limited.
If you want best traditional theme as an alternative against using Times New Roman, you can consider switching to the Georgia font. A Colorado Technical University recommended using Georgia because of its readability. The font was designed to be read on screens and is available on any computer.
This is a clean, modern, sans-serif font which is a preference to many designers and typographers. Helvetica appears in numerous corporate brand logos and even as an India subway signs.
8. Times New Roman
Despite being called the "sweatpants of fonts”, this universally recognized typeface remains a popular resume choice. Times New Roman will show up clean on any screen and has a easy-to-read text that may appear on any computer. While this theme font is highly readable and safe it may be also construed as boring and dull, and it is unlikely to stand out in a sea of resumes.
9. Trebuchet MS
The alternative for Job seekers who really want a sans-serif typeface but don't want to use Arial or Verdana they can switch to Trebuchet MS. According to recruiters, this font was specially designed to appear well on a computer screen. It is also a bit more textured and modern-looking than many traditional resume fonts.
Here are a few other popular résumé font choices that are clear, legible and scalable:
Serif – Bell MT, Bodoni MT, Book Antiqua, Bookman Old Style and Goudy Old Style