What is the Best Resume Font for You?

By Robert Half on January 27, 2016 at 3:00pm

Every creative professional wants to put their best font forward, especially when it comes to their resume. Read on to find the best resume font for you.

Before you land a job interview, you have to pique the hiring manager's interest with a strong digital portfolio and resume. And while certain things are always true – like the fact that experience and skills trump more superficial aspects such as where you went to school or resume style – your resume should still impress across the board. That means keeping look-and-feel in mind, especially when considering resume fonts.

Choose the best font for your resume strategically, as you would consider how it's organized or how long it is. Just like you shouldn't begin your resume with your "Hobbies" section or allow it to creep onto five pages, the best resume font is one that covers a few key bases.

A strong resume font should be:

  • Easy on the eyes. This means it doesn't cause strain or confusion. Being "easy to read" is less subjective than it may seem. In fact, once the Internet became a thing (some of us may remember life pre-WWW), many fonts were designed specifically for readability on screens, which is important to note because the majority of resumes are viewed at least initially on a desktop or mobile device.
  • Clear no matter what. Some fonts lose their cool when you switch to italic or seem more bubbly than bold. Make sure your resume font can hold its own no matter how you format it. Others have symbols that can appear distorted, especially at smaller sizes. Serif fonts in particular can become less readable at smaller sizes, hence the push for sans serif fonts on screens.
  • Non-distracting. This is of utmost importance when choosing a resume font. When your resume lands in the hands of a hiring manager, you want your experience and skills to shine through, not the font. Just like a glaring typo, a distracting resume font will take away from what you're trying to sell – yourself.

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Take your pick: The best font for your resume

Remember that with resume fonts, the effect is subliminal. Focus on ones that will subtly impress rather than obviously detract. Here are four resume fonts to consider, though we welcome your additions or disagreements:

  1. Arial. This is a standard resume font, but it's not particularly sophisticated. It's a sans serif font that many of us are familiar with, especially when browsing the Internet, but it may border on banal. Nonetheless, Arial is a safe bet.
  2. Times. Consider Times minus the New Roman. The letters appear less awkward and condensed, especially at smaller sizes, thus making Times more ideal for digital use.
  3. Georgia. If you're looking to stand out from the Times New Roman crowd, Georgia is a nice option. It was designed for computer screen reading, so it's both easy and pleasant to read.
  4. Garamond. This font has a simple elegance that looks polished in print (on decent cardstock, of course) or on screen.

Want even more options? Check out these resume font recommendations.

Have a favorite resume font?

Please share your favorite resume font or fonts, whether they're ones you use or ones you've encountered as a hiring manager or resume reviewer.

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