Professional, Casual or Fun Fonts … Do You Have a Favorite?

Fashion and my own personal style are important to me, because they allow me to express myself and offer a visual of my personality. And, I have to admit that this is how I approach the use of fonts in all of my communications. Does this sound familiar to you?

Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Palatino, Verdana — if you know your fonts, you know exactly what I’m referring to. Do fonts help express who you are in your own communications? Do you favor one font for your work email and another in your personal email?

Do you find a specific font is better suited for communications in your job search? I know I do. For work, I presently use Calibri in my email messages and MS Word docs, and for my email signature, it’s Trebuchet MS. Don’t know why — it’s a personal preference. And, in my resume and cover letter, I like Arial because I feel it’s a no-nonsense font. But now I’m starting to think it’s time to change up my preferences.

Provided below are a number of fonts that I found offered in MS Word that are not the typical fonts one might see every day, but could be options for you in your future documentation and communications. The fonts are categorized by the type they appear to be:


  1. Bookman Antiqua
  2. Cambria
  3. Georgia

These fonts’ stylings are along the lines of Times New Roman. They’re different, yet conservative for documents that require a professional presentation.


  1. Century Gothic
  2. Corbel
  3. Lucida Sans Unicode

Unpretentious, straight in line and composition, try these fonts as an alternative to Arial, Helvetica, Tahoma and Verdana fonts.

Fun and quirky

  1. Modern No. 20
  2. Harrington
  3. Juice ITC

A little bit off the beaten path, these fonts could be distracting and inappropriate if used throughout a professional document. However, to add personality to a presentation, these could be fun as headers.

Although I’ve made a few suggestions, you make the ultimate judgment call on its suitability for your own communications.

Which fonts best represent you? Does your favorite font reveal your personality? Whichever fonts you choose, just be font-abulous!

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