When writing a resume from scratch, choosing the best font is key to making a good impression.
When asked about his experience reviewing resumes, Geoff Scott, Hiring Manager and CPRW at Resume Genius, said:
I like to see fonts that are easy to read like Arial since I’m on a computer all day and it’s something I’m familiar with. Essentially, fonts shouldn’t distract me from the content of your resume, so as long as I don’t think “what’s going on with this resume’s font?” then your choice of font and font size was good.
If your resume is difficult to read or doesn’t look professional, hiring managers might inherently become biased against your application, even if you’re qualified. This bias may even cause you to miss out on a great job opportunity.
To prevent that from happening, we’ll take you through the best resume fonts to choose from, guidelines for resume font size, and tips for using multiple fonts on your resume.
10 Professional Resume Fonts
In 2023, there’s no one best font for your resume. Just make sure you choose a professional resume font and font size that are easy to read both on screen and on paper.
Some people argue that serif fonts are best for printed resumes, while sans serif fonts are optimal for digital resumes. But these days hiring managers are used to reading both font styles on paper and on screens.
The following fonts are great to use on a resume:
Arial is a good choice if you want a clean, no-nonsense look to your resume.
Lato was designed to be “serious but friendly” according to its designer. This balance makes it a perfect font for your resume if you want to bring a touch of originality while keeping a neat, professional look.
One nice feature of Lato is that some unique character comes through at larger font sizes, so your section headings will naturally look a bit more stylized than the body content.
Compared to other modern sans-serif fonts, Calibri is more rounded, and was created specifically to look great on digital displays.
Helvetica is another classic sans-serif font option that’s widely used in logos and signs all over the world. The Helvetica typeface is so famous, it even has its own documentary, which was released on the 50th anniversary of the font in 2007.
On a resume, Helvetica is refined and professional. The density of the font makes bolded subheadings stand out but still easy to read.
5. Trebuchet MS
Designed for on-screen reading, Trebuchet MS is an excellent sans-serif font that adds some creativity without sacrificing clarity.
If you want to bring a bit of personality to your resume, consider Trebuchet MS as one of the more unique, yet still professional, options.
The first of the serifs on this list, Cambria is known for its even proportions that make it easy to read even at smaller sizes.
If you want to use Cambria at over 20 points, it will look a bit spaced out, so we recommend it mainly for body text.
Georgia is very similar to Times New Roman, but works slightly better on digital display because it’s easy to read even in low resolution. It was commissioned by Microsoft in 1993 and is the main font for the New York Times.
Georgia’s readability makes it a great choice for any resume, but it also “exudes a sense of friendliness” according to Microsoft.
Based in Roman type, Garamond is a lighter serif font that brings a bit of formality to your resume.
Garamond is a thinner font, so it’s great for saving space if you need to fit a lot of information on your resume or if you’re creating an academic CV.
9. Book Antiqua
Book Antiqua is another popular resume font choice if you prefer the look of a serif.
One of the more elegant fonts on this list, Book Antiqua is perfect for fields like law and academia.
10. Times New Roman
Times New Roman is a great choice for your resume if you want to give a sense of professionalism akin to the countless books, magazines, and reports that have used this font.
The ideal font size for your resume
The standard font sizes for resumes are as follows:
- Header (your name): 28-35pt
- Section headers: 14-16pt
- Body content: 10-12pt
Readability is the most important part of choosing your resume font size. So while 10–12 points works for most resume fonts, the truth is that each font varies.
To find a perfect balance:
- pick a font style
- adjust the font size until your resume appears filled (but not stuffed) with text
- ask someone else to read your resume to see if the text looks too big or small
Fonts vary in width and spacing, so some of them will take up more space on your resume, even at the same font size. To help you, we’ve included our recommended font size for the 10 best resume fonts on this list.
Ideal font sizes for your resume body content
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Not all font sizes were created equal. In the video below, our career expert Eva explains why picking the right font and size for your resume is essential:
Pairing fonts on your resume: 3 examples
One of the best ways to make your resume stand out is to use multiple complimentary fonts so you get some variation between the headers and content.
And you don’t need to be a design expert or typographer to choose a great font pairing. Using a high-quality resume template with pre-selected fonts makes it easy to get an aesthetically pleasing resume that’s sure to leave a positive first impression on hiring managers.
Below, we’ve selected a few examples of resume templates that use stylish font pairings. You can download each of these templates (plus their fonts!) for free and customize them with your information.
1. The Unique Template
Heading font: Lora
Content font: Nunito Sans
These fonts work together seamlessly to create a sleek, modern look in our Unique template, which also features a simple monogram detail in the header.
2. The Current Template
Heading font: Josefin Sans
Content font: Raleway
The modern design of our Current template uses clean fonts to balance out the stylized heading. This font pairing is perfect for industries like tech or design.
3. The Windsor Template
Heading font: Abel
Content font: Open Sans
The sleek structure of our Windsor template allows for a more playful heading font while prioritizing readability in the body content.