Do you want to know if there is a recommended font for resumes?
Yes, there is — not just one, but many — a veritable fontroversy!
So what should a job seeker do? How can you decide which font is the best for your resume?
5 Considerations for Resume Fonts
I consider 5 factors when choosing and recommending fonts for resumes:
- Microsoft Word: I limit myself to fonts that come with Word because recruiters and hiring managers often ask for .doc files. If you use a non-standard font, it will render oddly on many screens.
- Reader Experience: I want an easy-to-read font so recruiters and hiring managers will go beyond the infamous 6-second resume scan.
- Mobile-Friendly: The font needs to render well on mobile devices.
- Font Size & Word Counts: I want a font that lets me write 600 to 750 words on 2 pages. Per research, the ideal word count for most resumes is 600 to 700 words. Executives can use a few more.
- Don’t Overthink It: If people can easily read your resume, they’re more interested in the content than the merits of Calibri versus Helvetica or any other font.
Recommended Font for Resumes
When I consider those factors and every MS Word font (I’ve tried them all), there’s only one I recommend for resumes — 11-point Calibri.
It was made to be read on computer screens, and it’s Microsoft’s default font. Thus, it’s familiar to your readers and easy on their eyes.
That said, I agree with Calibri’s critics; it’s not a beautiful font. I wish Microsoft would provide a collection of standard fonts purpose-selected for resumes. But until they do, I’ll stick with Calibri because it checks all my other boxes.
Best Font Size for Resumes
Moving on to font size, notice I referred to 11-point Calibri above.
I’ve tried 10-point and 12-point, but 11-point Calibri rocks it for producing a 2-page resume.
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 4 resumes written in Calibri here.
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