The font you use for your resume says a lot about you as a person – so it’s important to make sure it’s saying the right things! Many aren’t aware of the ideal fonts to use, so here’s our breakdown of the fonts you should consider.

 A font is like a fingerprint – it can be clear and precise or like a greasy smudge – for your resume and cover letter, make sure you choose a clear and precise font.

Resume font: Calibri

Calibri is a strong option for your resume – it’s easy to read, formal without being too formal, and doesn’t have any unnecessary and distracting frills. We strongly recommend this font for most resumes, and use it frequently ourselves!

Resume font: Arial

Arial is an old familiar, used by many for emails, general usage and relatively formal typing. It’s a little larger than Calibri, which is worth considering when it comes to your page count but is otherwise a solid option for your resume.

Resume font: Arial Narrow

Remember what I just said about Arial and your page count? Arial Narrow fixes that problem by being, well, narrow! It loses some of the normal Arial’s clarity which is why many favour the regular version, however, if you want Arial’s feel with a smaller page count, this is a good compromise.

Resume font: Verdana

Verdana is almost a Calibri/Arial hybrid, with Arial’s size and spacing and Calibri’s more relaxed feel. Verdana is good for many fields, though like Ariel it makes space slightly more of an issue.

Resume font: Book Antiqua

Verdana is a kind of Garamond/Times New Roman hybrid, with less of Times New Roman formality. Recruiters and hiring managers in many fields won’t like this, however, it may work for roles in the arts.

Resume font: Cambria

Cambria is another font that merges the formal and informal – it’s still formal, though with a slight difference that can help you to stand out. A good font, no complaints here!

Resume fonts: To be avoided

Above you see a list of good fonts to use, but it’s also worth noting that some should be avoided. Here are a few quick examples that I’ve seen that you should not use in your resume and cover letter.

  • Comic Sans
  • Times new roman
  • Poor Richard
  • Bookman Old Style
  • Onyx
  • Harrington

 The right resume font – Key things to remember:

  • Different fonts can suit different fields
  • An informal font can work, though it should be saved for creative roles.
  • Picking an unusual or intricate font is a bad idea.
  • Your main two choices should be Calibri and Arial–use the others if they work in your field.
  • If your page count is too high due to a large font, consider different options.

For more advice on how to present your resume and cover letter to ensure the best response please get in touch so we can help you to send your strongest possible application.

We wish you all the best in your job search!
Careers Team, Career Success Australia