Friday, 18 September 2015

Choosing the Right Font for Your CV

You can spend hours writing about your strengths and weaknesses and highlighting your greatest achievements, but if you write it in the wrong font, it will all be for nothing!

Bloomberg recently asked 3 experts in the field of typography to consider which fonts are most appropriate for which situations, here is what they said.

Best All-rounder
If in doubt go for Helvetica, it is professional, clear, crisp and without pretensions.

Proxima Nova is the sophisticated big brother to Helvetica, its not a free font, but it adds a touch of class with rounder letter shapes.

For the Long CV
If you have a lot to say Garamond will help you say it in less space! It is easy to read and flows.  This font is a firm favourite all over the world, and in the UK is the preferred font in many government departments.

High Fashion
Didcot font is beautiful.  Its elegant, long letters come together to convey a feminine and classy message.  This font is only really suitable for jobs in particular industries, such as fashion – it’s the little black dress of the font world!

Applying for Clown College
Unless you are applying for clown college do not use Comic Sans.

What Times New Roman Says About You
There is nothing wrong with Times New Roman, but it doesn’t say I have imagination, it’s the safe, beige option and it can make you look old and stayed.

Fonts From a Bygone Age

If the font looks like it should be on the front of your wedding invitation, or a treasure map, then don’t use it on your CV.  Swooshy, flowery, connected fonts like Zapfino are not suitable candidates for a CV.

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