What is Your Font Saying About You?

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Did you know there is a psychology of font? A font can make one resume look modern versus another old school. Even professional versus unprofessional.

A few tips to consider as you decide what style is right for your resume:

+ Choose a universal font. A universal font is found on just about every operating system from Windows to Mac. I recommend avoiding Times New Roman as it is a bit outdated and overused. I once heard it described as the “sweatpants” of font.

+ Ensure font is readable on paper and screens. Most resumes are viewed first on screens (i.e. phone or desktop) and then paper. Make sure your resume is readable on both modalities. Serif fonts are recommended for high-level executives, finance, law or science whereas Sans Serif is more modern for innovative or creative fields.

+ Consider using two different fonts. A corresponding font for headings and main body text is ideal to create impact and distinction among other applicants. Examples are Arial Black for headings with Arial text or Calibri with Cambria headings.