There are a lot of fonts out there you can use for a multitude of projects. When it comes to putting a professional-looking resume together, however, you may want to avoid the overused classics and go with Helvetica instead.
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There’s not really any hard data to scientifically prove whether one font is actually worse than another — except maybe Comic Sans — but Bloomberg Business spoke with some professional typographers about the best and worst fonts for resumes to see what they thought. Generally, they shared the same opinion: you should use Helvetica instead of classics like Times New Roman on your resume. Designer Brian Hoff explains:
“Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest… Helvetica is safe. Maybe that’s why it’s more business-y. [Times New Roman is] telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected. It’s like putting on sweatpants.”
The fonts that should and shouldn’t be used is a heated point of contention for a lot of people, but keep in mind, there’s no true right or wrong here. What really matters when it comes to putting a resume together, is that you do your best to make sure it looks good and is easy to read. A good font might not get you the job, but looking professional won’t hurt you either. To read more about the fonts you might want to use or avoid using, check out the link below.