The best (and worst) fonts to use on your CV

5th April 2016

When it comes to looking for a new job, first impressions are everything, and that starts from the moment a prospective employer even so much as LOOKS at your CV – never minds reads it.

You see, it’s not just about what your CV has to say (although that’s vital too, obviously), the font you use to say it in is equally important, apparently.

According to the experts, old faithful, Times New Roman is just about the worst font to use on a CV. Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, told Bloomberg: “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected. It’s like wearing sweatpants to an interview.”

Yikes! So what font should we be using? “Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest,” revealed Brian. “Helvetica is safe. Maybe that’s why it’s more business-y.”

Other workable fonts the experts suggest include Proxima Nova, Garamond and Didot. As for the fonts to avoid at all costs (as well as Times New Roman), apparently Courier and Comic Sans don’t make the best impressions either.

Oh, one more piece of advice: As tempting as it may be, don’t put emojis in your CV. But hopefully you already knew not to do that…

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