What's the best resume font?
I know that's a question that keeps you up at night, but you can rest easy now - I have the answer. ;-)
As a professional resume writer, I like to keep up with industry trends (even when some of my theories contradict mainstream thought). Font choice is one of those things that I like to keep tabs on. I have my favorites, of course, but I like to stay on top of what other people feel are the best selections.
I recently searched for "best resume font" and checked out 15 different website articles to see if there's any kind of consensus.
Here are the fonts that showed up on these lists, and how many times they appeared (out of 15):
After that there were quite a few that showed up once or twice.
Know what else? Arial and Times New Roman also showed up on at least two "worst resume font" lists because they've been so overused, which means it's harder for yours to stand out. (There could be more, but I wasn't specifically looking for worst fonts.)
So what do I use?
I'm a big fan of Calibri, and it's no surprise to me that it showed up on every single list as one of the best choices. I use it frequently. It's very easy to read, even at smaller sizes, and there's not much that's more important than that.
I use Cambria and Garamond on occasion, when I think a serif font is more suitable. I don't use Georgia, simply because I don't like how some of the numbers hang low (and resumes often have a lot of numbers). Same with Candara, Corbel, and Constantia - I'd use them more if it wasn't for the numbers.
I never use Arial or Times New Roman. Just never been a fan, and I don't want my resumes to look like everyone else's.
I use Tahoma quite a lot - I thought it would have appeared on more lists. In my opinion, it's a very readable font that offers a bit more style. You can also go a bit smaller with Tahoma, as the size of the font is somewhat bigger.
Other ones I occasionally use that didn't show up anywhere are Ebrima, Franklin Gothic Book, and Bookman Old Style.
(Why no love for Bookman Old Style??)