Your resume is a marketing tool to showcase your professional experience. But are you doing enough? Why not give your prospective employer a glimpse of your personality? Leave a lasting first impression, even before you arrive for your interview, through your resume. A great way to let yourself peek through your resume is your choice of font.
Fonts are broadly classified into 4 groups:
Serif Type Styles
Sans Serif Type Styles
Script Type Styles
While Script Type and Decorative font styles should be avoided at all costs, here are 4 font styles from each of the remainder categories to choose from.
Serif Type Style
Serifs are the small lines tailing from the edges of letters and symbols.
A simple and elegant font, it is said to convey "a sense of fluidity and delicacy". A great alternative to the Times New Roman, the modern version has the benefit of giving your resume a classic, polished look that’s much more interesting. As a bonus, if you’re struggling to condense your resume to one to two pages (which is a good idea), Garamond can help you fit more text on a page without sacrificing readability by lowering the font size or crowding your design by tightening up the spacing.
Cambria, a serif font, is part of a suite of typefaces called the ClearType Font Collection. It is designed specifically to perform well on computer monitors, while still remaining applicable for print. This makes Cambria a good choice for both online and printed resumes.
Constantia’s rounder letterforms make it look more friendly and less stuffy than many serif typefaces. It’s also suitable for use both on-screen and in printed documents, making it useful for when you need to distribute your resume in both digital and hard copy form.
Bodoni is a distinctive serif font with an upscale look. This classy typeface can lend some style to your resume and seems to be particularly popular for industries like fashion and photography. However, its delicate serifs display most clearly at larger sizes, so you’ll do best saving Bodoni for headings rather than body copy.
Sans Serif Type Style