Your Resume & The Psychology of Fonts — Infographic

Best Fonts for Resumes

by Donna Svei on March 25, 2013

A recent AvidCareerist post on resume fonts shared an infographic about serif and sans serif fonts and talked about when to use which type of font on your resume. If you don’t know your serif from your sans serif, be sure to read that post.  

Now comes a new infographic, The Psychology of Fonts. Look at some classic choices for sans serif fonts (the second category below) and what each might imply about you to people reading your resume. Have a little fun experimenting with these. Or look at this post, that tests fonts for resumes, where I’ve done it for you. Check which fonts scale well to the volume of information you want to share, their eye appeal, and their subliminal message.

In addition, check out the serif fonts, and their associations, for fonts you might choose for headings and other limited uses on your resume. I’ve always been a fan of Times New Roman — perhaps because it says, “Reliable.” Who knew?

The psychology of fonts

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20 days 13 hrs

Hi Elize,

Thank you for your kind words. I usually find that a specific font works best. Giving choice might open up some formatting challenges for you. That said, give it a try and see how it works!


22 days 12 hrs

Thank you. A sensational infographic (never know if that is the correct singular…). I shall certainly share.
I have done much research on which fonts to use on a CV. But after reading this, maybe one could give a client – to an extremely small degree – the option to choose?

3 mos 23 days

Thank you!

3 mos 25 days

Infinity. :)

3 mos 25 days

Hi Donna, great post! I cannot make out the name of the first font for the Top 5 Modern. Would you be able to help a sister out?

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Colin Hasson
2 yrs 2 mos

Thanks for posting! very informative!

Colin Hasson
2 yrs 2 mos

A nice reminder of font use. With so many fonts out there it can be very easy and tempting to use the wrong fonts over and over depending on the collateral if you don’t have the right experience with fonts…. other advice is not using the same fonts over and over and over again. Get creativewith your fonts…. there are many good fonts out there that aren’t old school. I agree san serif fonts are much easier to read. The main font I can’t stand seeing is Trajon in any form. It’s a movie theater ad font and I see… Read more »

Laura Min Jackson
2 yrs 7 mos

Donna, this is great! I regularly recommend my grad students check out your blog — you offer such pragmatic advice! Hope all’s well with you. ~Laura

Laura! How nice to see you here. Thank you for your kind words. Miss you. XO, Donna

JoAnn Braun
2 yrs 7 mos

Thank you, this is great resource to consider.

I’m glad you like it JoAnn. Thank you for commenting. Donna

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