Job hunting? These are the best and worst fonts for your CV
The Times New Roman font has been dubbed 'the sweatpants of fonts'. (Shutterstock)
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Typographers have a message to job hunters: the font used on resumes matters.
Bloomberg asked several typographers which fonts were likely to help a job seeker land the position and which ones were likely to have them out the door.
Helvetica is the strongest and safest choice.
"Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest," said Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design. "Helvetica is safe. Maybe that's why it's more business-y."
Helvetica's cousin Proxima Nova is good for job involving a power suit.
"I never met a client that didn't like that typeface," Hoff added.
The font is expensive. Proxima Nova $29.99 at myfonts.com, and the entire 144-member family costs $734.
For those trying to fit their experience on a single page, Garamond is the choice.
Times New Roman sends a message of apathy and is "like putting on sweatpants," said Hoff. He added the whimsical Comic Sans font is only applicable for a resume to "clown college."
Along with fonts, technology can help job seekers with social media. An online presence has been considered by counselors at Southeast Missouri State University say building and maintaining a positive social media presence is as important as the piece of paper.
For the millennials who think emojis might be a creative idea on a resume, Matt Luckhurst, the creative director at Collins, said, "I think it's a great idea. Put a lot of emojis on the bottom. Some chicken wings. They will love it."
By Aileen Graef