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Posted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 1:59 PM
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Hi all,

Here I want to ask a question about font for resume. What font is more impressive? I always used Time New Roman, but recently saw another guy's resume which had Arial. What fonts are you using and why ?

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Posted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:09 PM
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These days the resume/CV is mostly being passed around as softcopy, so I use Arial as the lowest common denominator to preserve formatting.

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I should run this question past my wife, who has a graphic design background, and often drives me nuts with her explanations about fonts! (Of course, I can fire back with stuff about SQL and OOP! )

Anyway . . . on my last resume, I used Garamond. I figured that everyone and their brother used Times New Roman. I thought Garamond looked more elegant.

But, that's just me.
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Posted Thursday, December 23, 2010 5:03 AM


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Anything apart from Comic Sans!

Unless you're applying for a job as a clown.
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Posted Thursday, December 23, 2010 3:26 PM
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Believe it or not, a company I used to work for used Comic Sans as their official document template font...

Sorry for the topic hijack :)
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Seriously, I'm with the Arial brigade. It's clear, crisp and universal. Don't use any background colours or anything else that may distract from what you're trying to say.
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Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:06 AM


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I also am in the Arial Brigade. It is simple to read without straining my tired old eyes.

IMHO - In addition to the font selection - also ensure that the font size is also readable. Resumes with the font to small go quickly into the disregard pile. If you want to highlight or bring out points - use bullets, bold, or italics instead of switching to another font.

Verdana is my font of choice, but for a resume - I would stick with Arial.

Joe
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Posted Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:17 AM


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I've got a background in typesetting, and there are studies on serif vs sansserif fonts. Times variations are easier to read and look "more formal" per the studies, than Arial/Helvetica variations.

So, I have to vote for Wingdings ....

But seriously, I use Times New Roman because of what I studied during my typesetting years. My resume is done up as a marketing piece, using scientific studies on marketing, and it got me six interviews in one week, and every one of those ended up with an offer. Based on that, I have to say the resume worked. Take that for what it's worth.

I definitely wouldn't attribute all of that to the font. It's a minor piece of the puzzle. But it is a piece of it.


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I've got a background in typesetting, and there are studies on serif vs sansserif fonts. Times variations are easier to read and look "more formal" per the studies, than Arial/Helvetica variations.

So, I have to vote for Wingdings ....

But seriously, I use Times New Roman because of what I studied during my typesetting years. My resume is done up as a marketing piece, using scientific studies on marketing, and it got me six interviews in one week, and every one of those ended up with an offer. Based on that, I have to say the resume worked. Take that for what it's worth.

I definitely wouldn't attribute all of that to the font. It's a minor piece of the puzzle. But it is a piece of it.


So the question of the day is to Sans or Not To Sans.

I have also read them studies back in the college days of years past but I will stick with my Arial as it is easier on MY eyes.

Joe
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Personally I prefer times when I am reviewing resumes or when I am writing my own resume.



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