Résumé Tips Series – Issue #1, The Dos And Don’ts of Font Selection

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Writing a good résumé can be as elusive as a Canadian Lynx – and just as beautiful to behold when you see one. For that reason I’ve decided to start a series of résumé tips to help you along in your quest for the perfect job.

In this issue we’re going to discuss the use of fonts. If you’re lost already, a font is a typeface used when composing a written document. Right now I’m using Serif type font – I like it’s sleek, no nonsense look and feel.

So, when you’re creating that document which says you in a nutshell – you need to exercise some basic rules. As with many things in life, it’s up to you – but here’s a general guideline as to the “do’s” and “don’ts” of font selection.

Don’t choose a font that looks too whimsical.

Segoe Print, Constantia and Narkisim are great examples of taking too much liberty with your typeface selection. You want your typeface to reflect a certain formality and standard professionalism – regardless of profession.

Do choose anything that seems conservative – but reflective of personality.

This especially applies to the creative professions. If you’re a marketing expert, artist or designer of any kind, go with Verdana, Arial, Georgia – and of course the good old classic, Times New Roman. All of these send a message consistent with a professional, yet open-minded individual who knows how to follow through – with style.

Don’t Mix-Up Fonts – Ever.

No employer wants an employee with multiple personality disorder. Similarly, employers would like to see a polished look that flows from beginning to end. The easiest way to achieve this is by choosing one font – and sticking with it.

Do Choose a Font that is not in bold.

Think I haven’t seen it before? Think again. Imagine reading an entire résumé bold. It’s too hideous to belabor; suffice to say, you don’t want employers thinking you have a grandiose sense of yourself. There’s confidence, and then there’s arrogance.

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