What Size Fonts Should I Use?

Posted in Career Blog

Creating a resume that is a professional presentation of your career qualifications, history, and experience can be a complicated endeavor-since there are so many formats and rules to concern yourself with. Some of the most important of these details-in fact-can be the most minute of details; and yet they weigh heavily on whether you get a call back for an interview or not. Take the fonts in your resume and cover letter, for example. Do you know which fonts you are supposed to use? What size fonts? And how to best use them? Here’s the lowdown on how to best use fonts for a professional and effective presentation of your resume.
The number one thing always to remember when formatting your resume, according to styles and fonts, is less is always more. Your resume does not have to advertise your qualifications with neon flashing lights and curvy and artistic styling. Employers want a resume with qualifications which speak for themselves-and are straightforward and no-nonsense. So, while you think you should highlight areas with dramatic fonts, styles, and other creative tools-it is a big no-no and most likely a reason that an employer would toss your resume, before even reading through it.
So, what kinds of fonts should you use? First off, pay attention to size. There should be no wide range of font sizes in your resume, for whatever reason you think it will pay off. There is no reason to use fonts that are more than 2-3 sizes apart-i.e. size 11, 12, 14. The largest a font should be-within the normal style choices for font-is 14, and this is somewhat pushing it. The size range should be within the 10-14 range as this is the perfect size for a good amount of resume text to fit in one page; and have the employer be able to read the text without strain. Moreover, it is vital that you use no more than two sizes for your fonts throughout the content of your resume; as any more looks stylistics and is also distracting to read.
Next, it is significant that a person creating a resume know what kinds of fonts are most often used and accepted in the career world. Again, remember the central point: no stylistic license or artistic flair-just no-nonsense professionalism in the format. This also, applies to the style of font you use. It should always be straight lines-no excessive curvatures in the printing of it; and should be one of the staple fonts that resumes are accepted in. Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, and Georgia are all good examples to use.
What parts of your resume should you allow any kind of highlighting-such as bold or larger font-to be used? This is a very common question in resume crafting, as there may be some areas of your resume that you think should be given careful attention-such as certain skills or names of institutions or achievements; but, alas, no, there are only certain aspects of the resume that should be given this highlighting feature for the sake of professionalism. If there are skills and achievements that are invaluable to a company reading your resume, they will find them. Here are acceptable areas in which you can use bolding and/or larger font for highlighting purposes:
1.Name: Your name at the top of the resume, followed by contact information, should be larger than all the other content on the page-as this is a vital piece of information for the employer to remember. Moreover, if they are sifting through countless resumes, and are looking to reference yours, they will want an easy way to index and locate yours. This is with the top text reading your full name in large legible letters-and it can also be in bold.
2.Categories or Sections: The categories of your resume-such as education, experience, and skills-should always be made prominent by larger font and bolding-but not as large as your name. This way, an employer can quickly reference a particular section of your career history.

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