In the competitive, internet-driven world of job searches, your resume represents you – your skills and background – to potential employers. It serves as a tool to attract attention, engage hiring pros and decision-makers; to help secure an interview which leads to getting a job.
There’s no denying it. Today you must sell yourself to a hiring company. When organized professionally, your resume can market you 24/7, increase your visibility and build your business and professional brand.
Errors in spelling and grammar to immediately show you as unprofessional.
And yes even the font you use. These are several easily seen errors and a few of the top reasons hiring pros and decision-makers will ignore a resume – which can suggest you are unprofessional. That said, it’s absolutely essential your resume is perfectly organized and without error. Meaning it’s important to invest some time in developing your resume.
A resume containing errors, regardless how minimal, or one which looks weird and is difficult to read because of use of a fanciful or unique font/s, can give a potential employer the impression you don’t follow the rules and may be making them up as you go along. Or you are overly creative at the wrong time in the wrong venue.
Using fonts, which should be dedicated to clever and unique projects, instead of those which present your professional side, can do just as much harm to you as a resume peppered with misspelled words and poor punctuation.
The Best Font Style and Size for Your Resume to Ensure It Gets Read
I know you’re thinking why do I even care about fonts and font styles? I have far better things to do with my time than considering fonts. While choosing them for your resume may seem wasted time, turns out it’s not says Alison Doyle, Human Resource expert.
#1 Do not handwrite your resume, use unique or clever fonts.
Companies, today, have AMS (Applicant Management Systems). Meaning your resume is first picked up by their AMS and sorted long before being sent to a hiring manager. These systems only read simple text.
Here’s a few don’t use fonts:
* Broadway * Bauhouse93 * Brush Script Std * Algerian * Bernard MT Condensed * Bradly Hand
#2 You may be tempted to use a very small font to allow for the inclusion of as much info on your resume as possible. Unfortunately it makes it very difficult to read.
And hiring pros spend from 5 – 7-seconds reviewing resumes. If their valuable time is spent trying to decipher what you’ve typed, there’s no quality time to determine if you are the one for the job. Not surprisingly, you can be easily eliminated.
First – if it’s too small – the AMS (automated resume reading system) won’t be capable of reading it and properly and forwarding it to the proper person. It could get lost and never reviewed.
Second – guaranteed no hiring pro or recruiter is going to waste time using a magnifying glass to read it.
#3 Basic book typefaces are best used unless you’re a creative or graphic designer.
Here’s 4 good typefaces which present a professional look:
* Times New Roman
#4 Don’t ‘embolden’ words unless it’s to denote a new section. Emboldening requires the reader to pause because you’ve brought their attention to specific words. You want the words to flow on the page and the reader to flow with them.
#5 Do use a bolder font style to make your name stand out at the top of the resume.
#6 Do format your resume properly; this also makes it easier to read and understand.
5 Tips for utilizing fonts and resume presentation:
* Steer clear of large font sizes.
* Use black ink; no other colors to type with.
* Don’t go overboard with bold, italicized, or large-caps.
* Keep your format consistent and make sure the resume looks great when viewed online as well as when printed.
* Keep your resume to 1 to 1 ½ pages. Any additional pages give the impression you either don’t know how to concisely
summarize your education and experience, or you are listing unnecessary information for the sake of taking up space.
Face it – hiring pros, recruiters and decision-makers are busy people; they don’t have time to wander through a poorly formatted resume to gather the info needed to determine whether you are a match for the job at hand. And – it’s unprofessional. Make it easy for them to read and you up your opps of getting a call for an interview or getting hired.
A well-written resume can make the difference between being stuck at your current job and getting an interview to land the job of your dreams.