Your Resume & The Psychology of Fonts — Infographic

Best Fonts for Resumes

by Donna Svei on March 25, 2013

A recent AvidCareerist post shared an infographic about serif and sans serif fonts and talked about when to use which type of font on your resume. Spoiler: The post concluded that sans serif fonts rule for the narrative content of resumes. Don’t know your serif from your sans serif? The post explains that as well. 

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 go here, 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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JoAnn Braun April 10, 2013 at 19:05

Thank you, this is great resource to consider.

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

Laura Min Jackson April 14, 2013 at 19:13

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

Colin Hasson August 26, 2013 at 20:09

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 it all the time used everywhere. Also be weary of copprplate bc. It looks nice but is so over used for the wrong reasons. Thsts just my input… judge me if you will or thank me.
Colin Hasson

Thank you Colin. Donna

Colin Hasson August 26, 2013 at 20:16

Thanks for posting! very informative!

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