Does it really matter if you use the classic Times New Roman or try out an underrated, bold curlicue font on your resume? Yes. One hundred times, yes. A misused, hard-to-read, inappropriate font could be the deal breaker when a recruiter is skimming your resume—it could come off as unprofessional and inexperienced.
Plus, recruiters spend only about 7 seconds looking over your accomplishments. Appearance goes a long way (would you give your boss a report written in neon-yellow highlighter?), so put your best font forward.
What are the best fonts to use on your resume?
Your goal is to ensure your resume is clean, simple, and legible—especially on a mobile device. Since you don’t want a recruiter to struggle to decipher letters when scanning your resume, your best bet is to stick with a serif or sans serif font (serif’s are those little extending features on the end of strokes).
These fonts are good sans serif examples:
These fonts are good serif examples:
What fonts should you avoid?
In general, avoid script, bold, and cursive fonts. Ironically, although you might want your personality to shine through your resume to catch the recruiter’s eye, you don’t want your font to have too much personality.
Stay away from fonts like these:
How else can you prevent complicating your resume?