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):
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!
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:
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
- 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?
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:
- Trebuchet MS
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