Resume Font Guidelines

Resume Font Guidelines [Infographic]


It’s always good to stand out and make a positive first impression.

When entering the workforce, you should strive to be creative and unique, and let your individual skills shine.

While most people know not to use scented paper, graphics, and colors on their resume, not everyone thinks about the type of font.

Here’s a neat infographic that does a great job showcasing proper resume font guidelines.

Resume Font Guidelines Infographic

Infographic from Resume Templates 101

Photo Credit: Bigstock

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  1. I agree with the advice in this article regarding font and typeface. I have a few comments about the sample resume. Applicant tracking systems look for Company, Title and then dates for each position. So, title should not go first if the resume is going to be used to apply to a position on-line. Similarly, use simple section headings like Work Experience, Education and Technical Skills for resumes that you will use when applying through an applicant tracking system.

  2. In my industry (higher ed) longer resumes are the norm, so keeping to one typeface throughout can lead to a lot of samey text. In this case, I think a second font for just the section headings can be effective, if the faces are chosen with care. For my most recent one, I went with Myriad and Minion, which pair well together, and I think the result was pretty good. They are both very sober faces so it was not trendy or gimmicky, but it served to break up the large blocks. If you’re applying for positions outside your normal industries, it’s well worth doing a little research to see what the expected format and organization is for that industry.

  3. It seems I fall into the category of being among the few people group, based on the information shared in this post.

    It is stated that most people know that graphics and/or color should not be used on a resume. On a presentation resume, we always use color on a resume and when appropriate, we use graphics. A graphic which is relevant to one’s goal, which showcases an accomplishment, demonstrates interpersonal strengths or displays an appropriate result/achievement, can be very effective. My experience in including an appropriate graphic on a presentation resume has proven to me that hiring authorities, specifically those who are visual and/or bottom line type people, and/or those who have an internal value of an appreciation of aesthetics view graphics as being helpful. Even detail-oriented people have reported back that the graphic display was a very vivid expression of whatever fact (s) we were indicating for the individual. We cannot predict the style of the reader, so why not appeal to all styles in one document?. – What speaks to one person stands out to him/her. If there is a element in the document that is not visually appealing to the reader, provided there are other components suited to each of the basic 4 styles of readers in the resume, the reader typically zooms in on only those components matching his/her preferences in receiving written communication.

    Of course, a presentation resume, with or without graphics, is not appropriate for some job search campaigns. For some purposes, one is served best by having a text-only resume

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