Choosing the right resume font will help determine how your resume is received.
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While job seekers want to make sure their resume stands out from the crowd, giving it an outrageous style or look can make it happen for all the wrong reasons.
Even though choosing the right resume font probably won't make a difference in a job candidate getting the job, picking wrong the one just might.
In general, job candidates have the choice between a serif or sans serif font. Serif fonts, such as Times New Roman and Century, are more stylized and have decorative markings on them. The more straightforward fonts are sans serif, which are free of any added curves, hooks or other markings. Examples include Arial and Verdana.
With hundreds of different fonts available, picking the right font when writing a resume can sometimes be a difficult process. The keys are ensuring that it is easy on the eyes and shows up well in both print and on a computer monitor. Here are the fonts that resume and hiring experts recommend job seekers should consider.
For job candidates who want a sans-serif font, Arial is one of the best options for use on a resume.
Barbara Safani, owner of the career management firm Career Solvers, told AOL Jobs that she likes to see Arial font because it is easy to read.
"The lines are very clean," Safani said in an interview with AOL. "It doesn't have the serif."
It's important that any font chosen is pleasing to readers, which is why Calibri is considered one of the best fonts for a resume.
Professional resume writer Donna Svei said there are a number of reasons why job seekers should use Calibri on their resume, including that past research has shown that readers associate the font with stability.
"Employers like stability in an employee," Svei wrote in her blog.
In addition, she said that since Calibri is Microsoft's default font, it shows up well on a computer monitor.
"Calibri was made to be read on a computer screen, which is where most people read resumes," Svei wrote. "It renders beautifully."
Century Old Style
When choosing a font, job seekers need to take into consideration the type of job they are applying for. While creative positions might enjoy a little flair in a font choice, other, more traditional jobs, might not appreciate the attempt at creativity, according to ResumeWriting.com
"(Century Old Style is) a good font to use for very traditional or "stuffy" jobs," ResumeWriting.com wrote on its blog.
Job seekers looking for an old-style font should consider using the Garamond font for their resume.
Jillian Kurvers, the online content marketing manager for The Creative Group, says Garamond is a timeless font that conveys a sense of fluidity and delicacy.
"It has a simple elegance that looks polished in print (on decent cardstock, of course) or on screen," Kurvers wrote on her blog.
Since Times New Roman is so popular, those wanting to keep traditional look, but also stick out just a little bit should switch to the Georgia font.
Colorado Technical University recommends using Georgia because of its ease on the eyes.
"Georgia was designed to be read on screens and is available on any computer," the school wrote in a resume infographic it created for students.
Times New Roman
Since many resumes are now being opened and read strictly on computers, a popular font choice is often Times New Roman.
Marcia LaReau, founder and president of Career Strategist, conducted research on the best fonts to read on a computer and said Times New Roman is a font that will show up clean and easy to read when opened on a computer, since everyone has the Times New Roman font on their writing software.
"MS Word is the standard format for resumes," LaReau wrote on her blog. "So when your resume is opened, they have the right font."
Job seekers who are set on using a sans serif font, but don't want to go the obvious route with Arial or Verdana, can switch to the Trebuchet MS.
Chandlee Bryan, certified career coach and expert for Answers.com, said Trebuchet MS is an excellent font choice for those looking to set themselves apart from other candidates.
"Your resume stands out from others because it has a slightly unusual font choice, but not so strange that it turns off potential employers," she wrote on Answers.com. "This font does well in all sizes, including very small."