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What font should you use on your resume?

Matt Glodz
What font should you use on your resume?

The best fonts to use on your resume and what your font says about you

Studies show that, psychologically, fonts can evoke strong emotions.

Because your resume is a personal marketing document, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what kind of impression the font you choose to use conveys.

In this post, we’ll explore the best resume font options by analyzing brand logos and discussing how a font affects brand image and perception.

We’ll also provide recommendations for the best fonts to use on your resume.

Serif Fonts: Professional, Trustworthy, Credible, Traditional

We always recommend using a serif font on your resume for two key reasons:

  • They are easier to read.
  • They convey a stronger sense of professionalism.

1) Serif fonts are easier to read

Serif fonts have letters that slightly curl like the one shown on the right below (Calibri vs Times New Roman):

 Sans Serif and Serif Font Example

Research shows that serif fonts are easier to read, as Madeline DeCotes explains in an Adobe InDesign article on the topic: 

“Serifs often lend a bit more legibility at smaller scales,” she says. “When you're reading a 9.5 font in a printed book, serifs help you distinguish the letterforms and create flow as you’re reading.”

Think about what kind of font the latest book you read was written in.

Most books are written in serif fonts, helping you read them quickly and with less eye strain - and that's exactly how a recruiter should be able to read your resume!

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2) Serif fonts convey a strong sense of credibility

In addition to being easier to read, serif fonts tend to be perceived as more credible and trustworthy.

Let’s take a look at some brands who use serif fonts in their logos:

Company Logos with Serif Fonts

You’ll probably agree that these are classic, timeless organizations that have built up a credible, authoritative reputation.

These are characteristics you want to convey as a job applicant as well!

Serif fonts for your resume

Our favorite serif fonts for resumes include: 

  • Book Antiqua
  • Cambria
  • Dante
  • Georgia
  • Times New Roman

    Sans Serif Fonts: Modern, Casual, Informal, Friendly

    Serif fonts tend to be perceived as younger, more modern, and approachable.

    What emotions do the logos below evoke for you? 

    Company Logos with Sans Serif Fonts

    While you can use a sans serif font on your resume, we always recommend erring on the conservative side.

    Sans-serif fonts for your resume

    If you choose to use a sans-serif font, we recommend:

    • Arial
    • Calibri
    • Helvetica
    • Trebuchet MS
    • Verdana

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    About the AuthorMatt Glodz

    Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Resume Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

    After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked within Fortune 500 companies, where he observed what drove the decision making of recruiters and hiring managers first-hand, noting that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

    At Resume Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background - which includes prior work for a Chicago Tribune publication - to craft resumes that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing resumes for over eight years.

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