5 Reasons Calibri is the Best Font for Your Resume

Love Calibri as the best font for resumes.

by Donna Svei on May 20, 2013

Oh Calibri, how do I love thee as the best font for a resume? Let me count the ways.

  1. 12-point Calibri produces perfect resume length, 550 to 750 words on two pages. 11-point Calibri works well too.
  2. Because of this, Calibri focuses job seekers on telling their readers a 100% relevant story of reasonable length — the best kind.
  3. Font psychology research has shown that readers associate Calibri with stability. Employers like stability in an employee.
  4. Calibri was made to be read on a computer screen, which is where most people read resumes. It renders beautifully.
  5. Calibri is Microsoft Word’s default font. Thus, it’s widely available to readers, familiar to them, and easy on their eyes (the more resumes they read, the more that matters).

Yes, Calibri, when it comes to resumes, you’re simply fontastic!

If you want more evidence, click this sample executive resume link to see a resume prepared mostly in 11-point Calibri.

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com or call me at (208) 721-0131.

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1 mo 1 day

I start with one-inch margins all around and 11 point Calibri for most of the text. It works well almost every time.

1 mo 1 day

Thank you!

1 mo 3 days

Spot on! I agree with you! I found my resume looking ‘clean’ and ‘concise’ with the Calibri. Also, even if the line spacing is narrow, like 1-line spacing with no gap between them, calibri letters tend to make their own space and distributes well, making it pleasing to the eye of the beholder.

1 mo 3 days

Do you prefer a two page resume with a 12 point calibri or a narrow margin 11 point calibri resume? I’m stuck with that decision and the panel is split on whether two pages are fine or one page is the norm! I’m a graduate student with a 1.5 year work experience.

1 mo 17 days

Hi Sainath,

Where are you located? Resume conventions vary by country. In the US, summaries rule and objectives are out.


1 mo 20 days

Hi. I’m Sainath. I have a query like, “what would be best subheading’s to be used in a resume to describe a profile.”

for example: few people use Career Objective at the first, and later summary etc.,.
few people use only summary than career objective.

6 mos 21 days


Great question and a sixth lovable point! It’s believed that Calibri scans well. Thank you,


9 mos 2 days

Dear god, no. Calibri looks like a slightly more sophisticated Comic Sans to me. It is definitely not easy on my eyes.

Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. 😉

1 yr 8 mos

“The new trend appears to be to put Name and contact info into either a header or a footer – NO ATS can “read” inside of a header or footer. When the resume is imported, all that is visible is the body of the resume and even if this is the candidate of my dreams, I can’t contact them – don’t even know their name.”

So, is it better not to write the name and contact information within the header or footer? Thanks.

Hi Lish,

I don’t use headers and footers on resumes for precisely this reason. Thank you for the reminder!


1 yr 9 mos

Hi Donna,

As someone who reads resumes all day long for a living, I do appreciate your insight and completely agree with you. Calbri is my choice too for resumes, and advise that to candidates whenever I get the opportunity.

Another resume suggestion for your readers from an insider’s perspective is that ALL recruiters and HR departments use some form of Applicant Tracking System (database) to manage our resumes. The new trend appears to be to put Name and contact info into either a header or a footer – NO ATS can “read” inside of a header or footer. When the resume… Read more »

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