Your choice of font (or typeface) on a CV or Resume is as important as how you choose to dress for an interview.
Use the wrong font and your job application could be history.
Use the right font and a recruiter will find it much more appealing and therefore easier to read your CV.
Fonts to avoid on your CV or Resume are:
Magneto – hard to read quickly
Brush Script M7 – looks like handwriting and is also very hard to read
Courier – looks like it was typed on a typewriter.
The best and most common fonts to use are:
Times New Roman
These are all simple, unassuming fonts which are clear and easy to read making it easier for a recruiter to read more.
Another common mistake is to use the wrong font size.
It is a temptation to make the font size smaller so that you can cram more information onto the CV or resume. But make it too small and the CV becomes difficult to read – and that means a recruiter will not read it.
On the other hand make the font too large and the CV will look like a children’s book and so will lose credibility – and that too means a recruiter will not read it.
The ideal font size is between 10 and 12 point depending on your choice of font.
Boring is best.
Finally, avoid using a number of different fonts or varying sizes throughout the document as this can look messy and unprofessional. Be consistent and use the same font all the way through.
If you want to draw attention to certain areas then use bold, italics or underlining – but use them sparingly or they will lose their impact.
Once the CV is finished it is always a good idea to have someone look over it.
Why not get an experienced, professional CV writer to analyse and assess it for you? They will do it for free and can give you their professional opinion on whether your CV not only looks right but gives enough compelling reasons why you should be interviewed, or whether you will never hear from that prospective employer again.
If it needs work they can put it right for you quickly and cheaply so your next application won't be wasted.
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