A font it a font is a font – and since everyone has their favorites, you’re thinking of using one of yours for your resume. OK, I get it, the individuality of it all is appealing… but you’re goal is to land a job, right? If so, then you really need to avoid the temptation of getting all fancy in your font selection.
Why? Because fancy fonts can be a big turnoff to many hiring managers. First, some are quite hard to read – and if it’s hard to read, it won’t get read.
Second, whether it’s true or not, a hiring manager might interpret your fancy font as a statement that you value style over substance. Look at it this way: A fancy font isn’t going to cover up an inadequacy in your qualifications for the job, but it sure might cause the hiring manager to think there is one.
And third, when posting your resume via a company’s application portal, fancy fonts can cause all sorts of spacing issues, meaning your beautiful resume ends up looking like so much visual chop sui. And while some hiring manager’s might very well enjoy chop sui for lunch, when it come to looking at resumes… eh, not so much.
Bottom line, if you want your resume to get noticed for the right reasons, let your job history and professional accomplishments do the talking. Stick to one of several basic, well known fonts, like Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or Cambria.
Boring? Maybe, but unless you want your ongoing unemployment to be its major talking point again next year, you might want to save fonts like Comic Sans or Bazooka for your family Christmas / Holiday newsletter.