Over at Bloomberg, there’s a very interesting discussion among a group of “typography wonks” about the best (and worst) fonts for a resume.
The consensus? Helvetica, considered the most professional and “safe” by those polled. Other good options include Garamond, Proxima Nova (which you’d need to purchase), and, if you want to give the impression that you’re a fancy individual, Didot.
While most people (re: those who aren’t typography wonks) don’t mind Times New Roman, one designer told Bloomberg that the font, by virtue of being easily selectable in pretty much every word processor, is the typographic equivalent of “putting on sweatpants.” Chances are pretty good, though, that your local recruiter or HR manager won’t read too much into that particular choice.
There are, of course, typefaces to avoid. Courier is a big no-no, because nobody apparently wants to read a document that looks like it was typed out on an old-school typewriter; typefaces that imitate cursive, such as Zapfino, should likewise be avoided.
And Comic Sans? Nobody dares use Comic Sans on a resume. Seriously, don’t even think about it, unless your resume is supposed to double as an invite to a pool party.
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