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Sep 16, 2022
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16 Best Fonts for Your Resume in 2022

Kaitlin Marks

The best font for your resume is one that's simple and easily readable. Depending on the industry you work in, you may be able to use a more decorative font.

Choosing the right font (and the right resume font size) helps your resume look professional. Recruiters are likely quickly skimming resumes to who's a qualified candidate. So in a matter of seconds, they’ll decide whether to scrap your application or keep reading. A good font makes it easy for people to quickly read your resume. A bad choice in font could make your resume difficult to read and hurt your chances of landing an interview.

16 Best Fonts For Resumes

Just like using color on your resume, the best fonts for resume c depend on your industry, the role you’re applying for, and your personality, too. In a traditional field, you’ll likely want to stick with more traditional fonts.

On the other hand, in creative fields like graphic design, you have bit more flexibility to play around and find a font to showcase your personality. 

10 Traditional Resume Fonts 

Traditional and commonly used resume fonts include: 

  1. Times New Roman
  2. Roboto
  3. Poppins
  4. Helvetica
  5. Georgia
  6. Calibri
  7. Lato
  8. Garamond
  9. Avenir 
  10. Arial

All of these fonts are free on Google Docs, and most are included in Microsoft Word, too. Teal’s resume builder gives you the option to choose from these four standard fonts: Times New Roman, Roboto, Poppins, and Helvetica. Helvetica is becoming a popular choice among many word processors as the default option.

6 More Decorative Resume Fonts

Applying for a graphic design, marketing, or other creative role? Don’t be afraid to get experimental with the fonts on your resume. Here are some of the best nontraditional fonts to try!

  1. Didot
  2. Muna
  3. Rollo
  4. Madley
  5. Swifted
  6. Jeko

Some of these fonts are free on platforms like Google and Canva. If you're willing to pay for a more creative option, head to Creative Market to snag the perfect resume font for your industry, role, and personality. 

Fonts To Avoid On Your Resume

Comic Sans has been a huge source for memes over the last few years, and it’s not the font you want to add to your resume to spice things up. It’s one of the only fonts that’s immediately seen as a joke. So unless you’re really playing up humor in a specific role, avoid this one! 

Don’t include cursive or script fonts on your resume either. These are often hard to read, especially on a screen. 

Other things to avoid: 

  • Overly decorative fonts with lots of flourishes 
  • Super “thin” or “light” fonts
  • Heavily leaning or italicized fonts
  • Extremely thick fonts — like Impact

Does The Font You Use On Your Resume Matter? 

Short answer: yes! Now, no hiring manager is going to glance at your resume and think to themselves, “Ugh. I hate serif fonts. Next!” It’s not the only factor that matters, but it can majorly impact the overall perception of your resume (and indirectly, the perception of you).

Beyond readability and skim-ability, the font you use on your resume makes an impression. Different fonts function like different personalities or tones of voice. When you enter a crowded room, there’s always a mix of voices: loud, bold, quiet, reserved, mellow, energized, authoritative, and friendly. Your unique communication style is part of what makes you an asset, and the font you choose can showcase that. 

3 Tips for Creating a Compelling Resume

The font you choose is only one small component of your overall resume. How else can you create and optimize your resume to wow potential employers? Here are a few tips to help you get started. 

1: Consider Your Resume Font Size, Too

Honestly? The font you use matters less than the sizing and formatting of your resume text. 

One of the quickest ways to have your resume moved to the “Trash” folder in a recruiter or HR manager’s inbox is having it absolutely crammed with tiny, hard-to-read text.

Leave white space to give the eyes a break (a natural pause-point) and keep your text skim-able by making sure it’s big enough, but not overwhelming. 

So, what font size should a resume be? Keep these quick rules-of-thumb on hand and adjust according to your specific needs: 

  • Your name at the top can be 18 to 24 points so it stands out but doesn't take up too much space
  • Create headings between 12 and 16 points
  • Generally, stay between a 10- and 12-point font size for body text

2: Use Teal’s Resume Builder To Easily Create A Wow-Worthy Resume

Make your resume stand out by quickly customizing it to each application and apply to more jobs…without spending hours nitpicking the small details. 

Teal’s Resume Builder tool allows you to add all of your experience once, then select from those experiences for tailored resumes in a snap. You can choose from multiple professionally curated resume templates (the work is done for you!) and put your best foot forward every time. 

3: Always Review Your Resume Before Hitting Send

All too often, when you finish typing and designing your resume, you download it and start sending it off without ever going back to check on it. This is a huge mistake that could cost you potential roles! 

Run a spell-check, make sure any links are hyperlinked correctly, and actually download your resume and preview it to make sure no formatting errors appear in the finished product. 

This essential step will help you stand out and seem professional every single time.

It’s all too easy to feel paralyzed by overthinking small details, like the best font for resumes. But job searching is stressful enough — Teal’s Resume Builder takes some of the stress off your shoulders. It comes with several professional templates, designed with applicant tracking systems in mind for maximum readability and impact.

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Kaitlin Marks

Kaitlin Marks is a freelance writer and content strategist. She's passionate about empowering women to feel their best. When she’s not working on her laptop, you can find her snuggling her little rescue puppy, Peanut, or reading a good book at the beach.

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