Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. The same way you create your image via your resume even before you walk into a job interview. The people evaluating and interviewing you will form opinions about you before they meet you, based on how you present your resume. Fortunately and unfortunately, these opinions can be split-second assumptions. So, it’s vital that your resume makes a grand first impression visually by looking professional and well structured. Since an average job seeker’s resume composes primarily of text, your font choice plays a big role.
With all the different fonts available out there, choosing the right one can be a tough job. So here is an interesting list (in no particular sequence) of 10 great fonts for best first impression.
Garamond is liked by many for its neat and spaced out look. It is a typography that shouts professional with its clean and sharp appearance. Garamond has really a rich history behind it and its amazing crisp visibility makes it a regular on senior level professionals’ resumes.
One of my favourite fonts of all time is Rockwell. This typeface is bold and strong and it gives your resume a distinct and confident look. Rockwell should be primarily used for headlines because of its mono-weighted stroke. It may add a good impression to your resume, provided you use it right.
One of my selections from Microsoft’s ClearType Font Collection, is Constantia. The font’s rounder letter forms make it appear warmer, and less stuffy. It’s also appropriate for use both on-screen and in print, making it practical for when you need to share out your resume in both digital and hard copy form.
4. Gill Sans
Gill Sans is one of the fonts I used for my college projects and assignments for headings. Another Sans Serif font, Gill Sans presents a friendly look without being too overstated, yet doesn’t come across as crass.
Didot is an idiosyncratic serif font with a posh look. This classy font can lend some style to your resume and seems to be particularly popular for industries like fashion and lifestyle. However, its delicate serifs display most clearly in larger sizes, so it might be better to use Didot for headers rather than body of your resume.
Helvetica rules the font world. It is a flexible, diverse and a real full-bodied font. The beauty of Helvetica is in its non-aligned status. It is a font that can blend with any style. It’s clear and simple without being understated. In a resume, Helvetica adds a lot of impact, but it doesn’t take the limelight away from structure. It is also really easy to read in different sizes.
Cambria is commonly used by Microsoft Office programmes and is something your eyes can never get bored of. Its sturdy letter construction maintains legibility even at small sizes. This makes Cambria a good choice for both online and printed resumes of high quality.
8. Droid Serif
Droid is a font that released in 2007. Though the font is intended to be used on small screens of mobile handsets, I prefer this font for my printed releases. Not very commonly used, it makes the subject and matter of the resume look very attractive and different from other resumes. It’s one of the fonts used by elite resume making services in India as well.
Although it has been the default Microsoft Word font since 2007, Calibri is still not used as often as Arial, which is considered to be the worst font in resumes by some as it is almost overused. This font has other perfect things going in its favour like typing in Calibri at a 12 pt. size will produce around 600 to 750 words, the ideal size of a two-page resume.
10. Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova is not listed in most top font lists because it does not come for free. Since it is treated positively in the professional world, it may be worth the price to upgrade to this font if you are applying to a job at a more formal company or for a senior position. It has a softer feel and yet, it is considered to be a hit among top suits.
There you have it, 10 classic resume fonts that everyone who has ever focussed on their resume should have in his/her professional weapon store. Go out and enjoy branding yourself with them!