The best font type, size for your resume

How font type and size can affect your job prospects

By , ITworld |  IT Management

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You want your resume to stand out, but experts say you should resist the temptation to do that through a unique font.

Yes, the document would look different, but writer Umer Anis says a creative look comes with a price and could hurt the chances of your resume advancing to a hiring manager.

"Often resumes are read by applicant tracking systems, and sometimes unique fonts can not be read," he notes. "Even bullet points can cause problems. A job recruiter would rather read a good, clean resume that is easy to read."

Anis suggests a type size of 10 to 14 pt and a font that can be easily read, such as Times New Roman.

Sure, it's not sexy, but it is readable and that's what matters in the end. What good is a perfectly written resume if it's visually unappealing? Bottom line: It won't get read - by human or machine.

Also, don’t be concerned about a larger type size making your resume longer.

"Some people think that a CV has to be a single page, but this is not true," he notes. "If it’s necessary, it is better to use two pages than to scramble everything together on one page in tiny letters."

via HQTips

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