Do you want to know if there is a recommended font for resumes?
Yes, there is — not just one, but many. So what should a job seeker do? How can you decide which font is right for your resume?
3 Considerations for Picking a Font
I think about these three factors when choosing and recommending fonts for resumes:
1. Reader Experience: You want to choose an easy-to-read font so recruiters and hiring managers will want to go beyond the infamous six-second resume scan.
2. Mobile Friendly: Your font needs to be easy on the eyes on computers and mobile devices. While some people still print resumes, most recruiters and hiring managers read them on screens.
3. Font Size & Word Counts: Go with a font that will let you write about 700 words on two pages, the ideal word count and number of pages for most resumes.
Recommended Font for Resumes
When I consider those factors, there’s only one font I recommend for resumes — Calibri.
Calibri was made to be read on computer screens (more here) and it’s Microsoft’s default font. Thus, it’s not difficult to read and it’s familiar to your resume’s viewers.
In addition, 11-point Calibri produces a two-page, 700-word resume. That’s perfect, according to research (more here).
Beyond that, because it’s Microsoft’s default font, it comes with MS Word.
Best Font Size for Resumes
Notice that I referred to 11-point Calibri above. I’ve tried 10-point Calibri and 12-point Calibri. I like 11-point for producing that research-proven, 700-word resume document.
(If you use a font other than Calibri, you will want to test which size lets you write a 700-word, two-page resume. That’s the best font size for resumes. It varies by font.)
I mostly use 15-point Calibri for headings.
I always use 10-point Calibri for company descriptions.
Resumes Written in Calibri
Do you want to see some examples? You can find links to four resumes written in Calibri here.
You might also like one or more of these five additional posts about fonts for your resume.
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Updated October 2020
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