Choosing a Font for Effective Resume Writing?

Jayashree Mudaliar

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A good font is the one which is neat, clean and easy for the eyes to read. While writing a resume font should be selected on discretion. Popular fonts used in resume are Times New Roman and Arial. However these two fonts are two of the most over used fonts while writing a resume. Although Times New Roman and Arial are considered industry standard while writing a professional profile, there are other font options to try out which offer better visibility and makes your resume stand out in a pile of Arial and Times font resumes.


Calibri has a neat Sans-serif typeface. It is the default MS Office font in versions 2010, 2013 and 2016. It replaced Times New Roman as the default typeface in Word and replaced Arial as the default in PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPad. It is also the default font in Office for Mac 2016.

Calibri at 12 pt with 500 to 750 words can easily fit inside 2 pages of resume without compromising on the visibility.


Cambria is a serif font commonly distributed in MS Office products. It is part of a suite of typefaces called the ClearType Font Collection which is made to look good on a computer screen. It is equally legible for printing also. It is branded as the new Times New Roman.


Garamond is a good alternative to Times New Roman. It is a Serif typeface font with a history of 500 years. The modern version gives a polished classic look. Garamond is better to use when you have to condense your text to within two pages. Garamond can contain more text into single page without compromising on the readability when decreasing font size.


Didot is a neoclassical Serif typeface font. Didot offers you style with elegance without fancy typefaces. This can be used when you have a resume for a designing or photography industry. Didot is suitable to be used in headings.


Helvetica is considered as the King of fonts. It is used in typography and by designers. Helvetica is a Sans-serif clean font with exceptional clarity. It is used in the logos of many corporate companies like Microsoft and BMW. Helvetica is included in Mac systems; however it needs to be purchased if you want to use it in Windows systems.

Fonts That You Should Never Use In Resume

Some of the fonts are too fancy to be used in a resume. Fonts like Courier, Brush Script, Comic Sans, Papyrus, Impact, Trajan Pro etc. are not professional but are too fancy to be used in a resume. Hence do not use these fonts in the resume under any circumstances.

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