The look of your resume is as important as the information you include. Our resume builder and free resume templates are fully customizable, giving you the chance to use different resume fonts and treatments to help differentiate yourself for other job seekers.
Read on to learn more about our favorite fonts and different ways to maximize the impact of your resume.
Our professional resume writers and expert designers partnered together to highlight these professional fonts on our Resume Builder based on their universal appeal and legibility across screens and physical copies.
If you opt to download one of our free resume templates and plan on submitting a physical copy of your application, your best choice of font should be a serif as they are ideal because the “little feet” mimic a lined paper, making it easier for hiring managers to skim a document. These are the four best serif fonts for your resume.
Although a serif font is ideal for physical resumes, your best bet when applying online should be a sans serif font because of their simple design which reduces eye strain while reading on a screen.
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As mentioned before, some fonts are easier to read on a physical, printed resume while others are specifically designed to help reduce eye-strain from a digital screen. You should carefully weigh the pros and cons of each choice.
Whether you choose to apply in-person to a small or independently owned workplace, dropping off your application materials at a job fair, uploading your documents to an online application program or applying for multiple jobs through an online work board such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn or Monster, you should consider the kind of font you utilize to leave a lasting impression on recruiters.
The type of font you chose needs to reflect the work environment and perceived requirements of an open job opportunity.
For example, conventionally recognized fonts like Times New Roman and Arial are best suited for traditional careers in law, medicine, civil service, academics or infrastructure. As these careers follow strict rules and regulations and aren’t driven by fast-paced innovation, a stoic and familiar font reflects the same attitudes as most employees within these industries.
However, a creative, unfamiliar or less recognized font choice such as Verdana, Badoni, or Fira aligns better with industries that require alternate forms of thinking, frequent innovation, or constant social experimentation such as marketing, venture capital, technology, sales or engineering.
Choose a highly recognized and standardized font such as Times New Roman, Arial or Garamond if you’re applying to a career in the following traditional fields:
A modern font such as Helvetica, Proxima Nova or Bodoni MT may be suited to modern career opportunities that follow most conventional business practices but engage in some creative or innovative behaviors such as the following:
Fonts such as Verdana, Fira Sans or Blinker are best suited for careers in the creative industry, such as:
A contemporary font such as Century Gothic, Georgia, Garamond or Helvetica successfully combines traditional elements of vintage fonts with the screen-friendly design of modern needs. These fonts are perfect to conventional careers in the following areas:
A simple font such as Badoni MT, PT Sans, Cambria or Calibri is a safe and reliable option for any job seeker, regardless of their level of experience. Consider using these fonts if you’re pursuing a career in the following industries:
An easy way to elevate your resume is to use multiple fonts on your document. We recommend that you designate one for the main body of your resume and another one for your name and section headings such as your Work History or Education.
Trust your instincts and experiment with multiple font combinations. These are some of our tried and true font pairings to help you get started.
If you’re concerned about clashing fonts or unappealing font combinations, you can opt for alternate font treatments that can help you create special design elements for key sections. For example, you can use bolded text for all of your section headings to indicate that this is the start of a new section or use underlined text to highlight key career accomplishments.
These are a few of the font treatments that you can use to elevate your resume:
In addition to specialized font treatments, you can use designated font sizes to create visual indications for new sections.
Please remember that the following size suggestions are estimates based on commonly used fonts such as Times New Roman or Calibri. Other fonts might appear smaller or larger than those two –– feel free to use your best judgment to choose the right font size for your resume.
Our online Resume Builder features multiple professional fonts and appealing font treatments that can help elevate your resume. Thanks to the pre-written skills and responsibilities related to popular job titles, professionally written summary statements and customizable sections, this builder can help you build an application-ready resume in a fraction of the time.
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Gaby is Hloom’s resident writer, a certified professional resume writer (CPRW), and a baking enthusiast. She likes to defend the use of the functional resume to her friends in HR. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and wrote about career growth, tech startups, education, fashion, travel and lifestyle culture throughout her career.