The Best Resume Font Size and Type

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What's the best font to use in a resume? When writing a resume, it's important to use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for applicant management systems.

The Best Resume Font to Use

There are a few reasons why it's important to keep the font on your resume simple. First of all, many of them are read by the applicant tracking systems I mentioned, not by people. Those systems work best reading text rather than fancy formatting.

It's also important for the hiring manager to be able to easily read your resume. Using a 10 or 12 point font will ensure that your resume is read. Basic fonts like Arial, Verdana, Calibri, and Times New Roman work well. You can make section headers a little larger or bold.

When you are selecting a font for your resume, the font size should be between 10 and 12 to allow for readability. It can feel tempting to make the font on your resume very small, so you can include more information about each job, and still have your resume fit on one page. Resist this urge - a tiny font is difficult to read, which will ultimately defeat your resume's purpose.

Make Your Name Stand Out: Your name (which should be placed at the top of your resume) can be slightly larger.

Be Consistent

Don't overuse capitalization, bold, italics, underlines, or other emphasizing features. Again, basic works best. Do be consistent in your formatting.

For example, if you bold one section heading, bold them all. If you bold a company name, be sure the others are all bold, as well.

The Best Resume Font Type to Use

Typically, you should use a readable, bookprint font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. However, if you are applying to a position in graphic design or advertising (where resume layout and design might be part of your assessment), employers might be open to alternative fonts.

How to Select a Font

  • Select a font from the list at the top of your document before you start writing resume
    OR:
  • Type your resume.
  • Highlight the resume.
  • Either select the font from the pop-up window or select the font from the list at the top of the document.
  • Select the font size you want to use the same way.

Confirming Your Font Choice

After you have selected a font and font size, it is always wise to print out a copy of your resume. Is it easy to scan through? If you have to squint to read, or find the font appears cramped, choose a different font or select a larger size for your font.

Resume Examples
Before you start work on your resume, review free resume samples that fit a variety of employment situations. These resume examples and templates provide job seekers with examples of resume formats that will work for almost every job seeker.

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