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With your resume (and application letter) you naturally want to make a stunning impression. A good appearance of your resume is essential. That's why it's certainly worth paying some extra attention to the font that you use on your resume. The shape of your resume is at least as important as the content. What should you look out for when it comes to fonts? When is a font suitable for your resume and why? And which fonts really can't appear on a resume or cover letter? We list the best fonts for your resume.

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Choose one font for your resume

It's specially important that your resume looks good and professional. It's important that you use the same font on your resume and in your cover letter. Consistent handling of the font is important because different fonts look messy. To make a business-like, clean impression, choose one font. You use one and the same font for both 'normal' text and headings. You make the cups fat and possibly slightly larger. The use of cups for the parts on your resume is essential because it makes your resume easy to scan for recruiters. You make a well-organized layout of your resume with it.

Font says something about you

The font you choose for your resume indirectly says something about your personality, style and professionalism. It may not seem important, but it is. Compare it with the clothing you wear during a job interview: you also ensure that you're dressed neatly and as much as possible in line with the position and the company, without thereby denying your own personality. Just as you ensure that you appear cared for at a job interview with clothing that suits you, it's certainly important that your resume is cared for, professional and in accordance with your personality. One font isn't the other and each font has its own appearance. It therefore makes a difference which font you choose, because: what exactly do you want to radiate? Make sure the font fits you and the company.

Font must be easy to read

The font you choose must be easy to read. Recruiter or employers must be able to read your resume well on a screen as well as printed. Therefore choose a font that's standard and universal for most computer programs and printers. A font that's not used often is better avoided. With a non-standard font there is a chance that your resume will look strange in another program or if it will be printed. Furthermore, it often happens that recruiters scan the data of resumes to load them into their own data system with the data of candidates and applicants.

Written fonts or writting letters on your resume

You can choose from serif letters or sans serif letters. Speechless (in English: sans serif) you call a font without writing, so without the thin cross lines at the end of the vertical and horizontal bars. Wrong letters (serif in English) do have these lines.

Generally, serif letters look a lot more graceful and formal than serif letters. This makes writing letters suitable for use on your resume if you're applying for a higher position or if you're applying for a literary job. Written letters read better. Research has shown that sans serif letters can read much nicer on a screen. The following applies to sans serif letters:

  • that the letters flow less into each other
  • that the letters are easy to distinguish
  • that the texts in sans serif letters are quieter to read

The above shows that in many cases a sans serif letter on your resume is a safe choice.

The best fonts for your resume

The fonts that come out best for use on your resume are:

  • Arial
  • Calibri
  • Garamond
  • Georgia
  • Verdana
  • Trebuchet
  • Arial

Arial is a good choice for your resume if you would like to use a sans serif font. It's simple and easy to read. Some find Arial a banal, boring and unimaginative and sawn off font. On the other hand, it has become a standard font for a reason. The choice is yours; there are more sans serif letters to use on your resume.

Calibri

The sans serif Calibri is also a clean and legible font and therefore very suitable for your resume. It's slightly more refined and smaller than Arial and the letters are a bit closer together. Calibri is a good option if you're looking for a font with which you can put some more text on your resume. It has a young appearance.

Garamond

If you're looking for a font for your resume that looks a bit more classic in style, then you should consider Garamond. Garamond is a typeface with written. It has graceful elegance in all its simplicity and looks good on screen and print. This font is very suitable if you're applying for higher positions.

Georgia

Georgia is a typeface with written. It has a traditional look, but is still very readable. A good font for higher or traditional functions.

Verdana

The sans serif font Verdana is quite large and is considered by some to be rude and childish. But if you use the correct font size (not too large), Verdana is a very good choice for your resume. In any case, it's very readable and is therefore often used on websites.

Trebuchet

If you're looking for a sans serif letter for your resume, but you want to use a different font than Arial, Calibri or Verdana, consider Trebuchet. This font is specifically designed to be legible on a screen. It has a slightly modern look than other fonts that often appear on resumes.

The fonts that really can't appear on your resume

There are fonts that you shouldn't use on your resume or in your cover letter:

Times New Roman

This letter isn't a good choice for your resume. Many call it a boring and sawn-off font, although it's legible.

Courier

This font appears to be typed on an old typewriter. It therefore looks boring and old-fashioned. The letters are very far apart, which isn't good for readability. Not a good choice for your resume.

Comic Sans

The Comic Sans font is definitely not suitable for your resume. It has a little too much imagination, is difficult to read and is sometimes labeled as 'loud' and therefore not business-like. No font that takes you seriously.

The size of the letters

Some fonts, such as Verdana, Trebuchet and Arial, are rather large. The size of these fonts is best not set larger than 11 points. A resume of two A4 pages is long enough. Therefore, make the letter smaller if you want to lose a lot of information. Don't go too far in that! You can't read a letter that's smaller than 9 points.

The line spacing

A text is easy to read if the space between the lines isn't too small. Therefore, set a line spacing of at least 1.15 and at most 1.4 for your resume and your letter of application. The standard line spacing for Word documents is 1.0: that's very little. This makes the lines of text far too close to each other.

Color of the letters

In general you can say that the color of the letters on your resume shouldn't be too exuberant and deviant, unless you're applying for a creative position. You can use black letters, that's the standard. You can also use dark blue, dark green, dark red and shades of gray, but then the color of the letter must match the entire layout. Take a look at the professionally designed resume templates by searching google. Our advice: a little play with colors is allowed, but don't overdo it.

See also: Current Resume Trends

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