There are thousands of font types to choose from. But for resume, there are some guides to follow for better visibility. When an employer first reads your resume, they will typically scan for a brief 20–30 seconds. Selecting a font that’s simple and easy to read is key. A good font shows your professionalism and increases readability, giving your resume a boost and chance to make it to the top of the to be interview pile.
Here is the list of industry standards for font types. There is a no rule that you should to use these fonts. But you can get idea of what type of fonts to use.
- Open Sans
2. Clear Sans
5. Gill Sans MT
10. Book Antiqua
How to choose the best resume font and size
1. Use a professional and easy-to-read font
Complex fonts can make your resume difficult to read, which could encourage employers to overlook it. Instead, choose a clean, simple resume font that makes your words clear to the employer.
2. Avoid “thin” or “light” fonts
These font types can sometimes be difficult to read on a screen. You can still select a font that you feel is representative of your personality, as there are several free good options as above list.
3. Select the right resume font size
The optimal font size for your resume is anything between 10 and 12 points. The size you choose will be largely determined by how the font size impacts your resume layout. Because it is best practice to keep your resume to one or two pages, begin with size 10 font and experiment with sizing up if you think you have space.
4. Add style to your resume font
You can also add personality or definition by selecting font styles for your name and section headers, including bolding, underlining and italicizing. While your entire resume should only be one font, you can stylize or increase the size of your name and important sections like “Education” or “Work Experience”. Be consistent with styles, and only select one or two to ensure your resume appears professional, consistent and easy to read.
5. Keep in mind applicant tracking systems
Many employers also use software called an applicant tracking system (ATS) to record and sort job applications. These programs don’t always read and interpret busy fonts well, so complicated or overly detailed font options can sometimes be turned into blank boxes or other illegible characters.