Skip Nav
Halloween
35 Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes That Keep It Classy
Budget Tips
31 Ways Real People Make Extra Income
Should I Buy a House?
Money
I’m a Financial Advisor — and I Rent My Home and Lease My Car
New Year
6 Money-Draining Mistakes to Stop Making Now
Money
This 1 Exercise Will Completely Change Your Financial Future

Best Fonts For Resume

Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview

If you opt for Times New Roman on your résumé, then you may as well show up to the interview in sweatpants. At least that is what some experts say. The classic font is said to be one to avoid these days, with modern ones like Helvetica and Proxima Nova edging out more antiquated styles. Bloomsberg asked type experts to weigh in on what job candidates should be using, and they had some pretty strong opinions on what works and, more importantly, what doesn't.

Do Use:

  1. Helvetica. There is a resounding vote from the experts for this one. "Helvetica is beautiful," said Matt Luckhurst, who is the creative director at Collins in San Francisco. Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, added that the font is "so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest."
  2. Proxima Nova. "I never met a client that didn't like that typeface," Hoff told Bloomberg. The font does not come free, but because of how positively it is viewed in the professional world, it may be worth the cost to upgrade to the typeface if you are applying to a job at a more formal company or for a higher-up position.
  3. Garamond. This font is easy to read, compact, and simple.

Avoid:

  1. Times New Roman. This may come as shock to all the traditionalists and postgrads out there, but the usage of Times New Roman has begun to be seen by some as lazy. "It's telegraphing that you didn't put any thought into the typeface that you selected," Hoff said. "It's like putting on sweatpants." Definitely not what you want your potential employer's first impression to be.
  2. Zapfino. This should probably be obvious, but any font that resembles cursive should be avoided. They can be hard to read, overly fancy, and generally inappropriate for a professional setting.
  3. Courier. "You don't have a typewriter, so don't try to pretend that you have a typewriter," Luckhurst told Bloomberg. "You have been using a computer to do a handwritten thing. You haven't used a computer properly, and you haven't handwritten properly." Pretty much sums it up, right?
  4. Comic Sans. Is there ever a time and place for this font? Probably not. But it's most definitely one to avoid when writing up a résumé. It's unprofessional, whimsical, and will most likely be dismissed right off the bat by potential employers. Seriously, steer clear of this one pretty much always.

Products: Theory bag, Samantha Wills ring, Juliet & Co. ring, Samantha Wills bracelet, House of Harlow 1960 bracelet, Michael Kors bracelet, Mirlo ring, Juliet & Co. ring, Vita Fede bracelet, Zac Posen sunglasses

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Mark Popovich
From Our Partners
Interview With Luv Michael About Disability Employment
Interview With Microsoft About Disability Inclusion
Alexis Wineman Letter to Younger Self About Having Autism
Haben Girma Essay About Working With a Disability
Lauren Potter Interview About Acting With Down Syndrome
Why Every Office Needs an Introvert
Job Interview Scents
Cinderella's Castle Restaurant at Disney World
Can Acne Ruin Your Career?
How to Write a Book When You Have Kids
Chocolate Maker at Walt Disney World
What It's Like Being Married to Someone Who Does Shift Work
From Our Partners
Latest Career & Finance
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds