There was once a time where you actually had to type your résumé on paper. If you wanted it to look special you would haveneeded to find a letterpress shop to rework it into something special.
In today’s world, we have access to countless typographic options at our fingertips… and yet, when it comes time to apply for a job, so many of us still choose Times New Roman.
Bloomberg surveyed some font specialists about the best and worst typefaces to use when putting together your resume, and while some didn’t have any real problem with Times New Roman, it may send the wrong message to a prospective employer.
“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” designer Brian Hoff explains. “It’s like putting on sweatpants.”
Some suggested options include a serif font, may be Didot.
“It’s like wearing the black dress to the ball,” says Matt Luckhurst. “Do you wear a tuxedo to your job interview?”
Many of the designers preferred the clean lines of Helvetica or the classic feel of Garamond. Don’t use script-like fonts because they’re just too hard to read. And remember that you only use comic sans “if you’re applying to clown college.”