Friday, November 15, 2013

What Font Should you Use on Your Resume?

The resume you present to prospective employers is a careful combination of form and function.  Of course the content of the resume is the most important consideration, but what good is a great impressive list of achievements and skills if you never catch the eye of the person who needs to read it?  It's a balancing act between style and showiness, where you should vie for attention without ever looking like you are vying for attention.

Business News Daily lays out the top seven fonts for business resumes, with the attributes and potential pitfalls you face in choosing the right one for your CV (spoiler alert:  Comic Sans, sadly, failed to snag a top spot on the list).

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Excerpt: " While job seekers want to make sure their resume stands out from the crowd, giving it an outrageous style or look can make it happen for all the wrong reasons.

Even though choosing the right resume font probably won't make a difference in a job candidate getting the job, picking wrong the one just might.

In general, job candidates have the choice between a serif or sans serif font. Serif fonts, such as Times New Roman and Century, are more stylized and have decorative markings on them. The more straightforward fonts are sans serif, which are free of any added curves, hooks or other markings. Examples include Arial and Verdana.

With hundreds of different fonts available, picking the right font when writing a resume can sometimes be a difficult process. The keys are ensuring that it is easy on the eyes and shows up well in both print and on a computer monitor. Here are the fonts that resume and hiring experts recommend job seekers should consider.

Calibri 
It's important that any font chosen is pleasing to readers, which is why Calibri is considered one of the best fonts for a resume.

Professional resume writer Donna Svei said there are a number of reasons why job seekers should use Calibri on their resume, including that past research has shown that readers associate the font with stability.

'Employers like stability in an employee,' Svei wrote in her blog.

In addition, she said that since Calibri is Microsoft's default font, it shows up well on a computer monitor.

'Calibri was made to be read on a computer screen, which is where most people read resumes,' Svei wrote. 'It renders beautifully.'"

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