Resume Hack #36 - Best Fonts to Use for a Resume | CV Saviour

Research performed by Dr Jim Bright (Professor of Career Education and Development at ACU and columnist on careers in the Sydney Morning Herald) has proved that fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, Verdana and others tend to be favoured over fonts such as Times New Roman, as they are easy to read for high volume readers.

According resume and career experts in an article of Business News Daily, the following are the best fonts to use for a resume.


Arial best option if you want to use san-serif font on your resume. According to Barbara Safani, executive resume writer, career coach, job search strategist and president of Career Solvers: she likes to see the Arial font because the lines are clean and it’s easy to read. A Creative Group blog post noted that some hiring managers may find Arial to be banal and unsophisticated. However, this tried-and-true classic has become a standard and is definitely a safe choice.


Calibri is an excellent option for a safe, universally readable font. Professional resume writer Donna Svei is a strong advocate of Calibri on resumes, noting on her blog that this font is familiar to most readers and renders well on computer screens. Svei also said 12-point Calibri produces a “perfectly sized” two-page resume of 550 to 750 words.


Helvetica is a clean and modern type of font that is a favorite among designers and typographers. It appears in numerous corporate brand logos (Nestle, Lufthansa and American Apparel, to name a few) and even on New York City subway signs. In an article on Bloomberg Business, typography expert Brian Hoff of Brian Hoff Design described it as “professional, lighthearted and honest,” noting that it reads as “business-y.”

Other good fonts to use are the following:

Century Gothic

Century Gothic has a little similarity to the Futura font, but has a rounder and more playful feel. The large, round counters enhance its legibility through a range of sizes, while maintaining character and interest with the reader.

Book Antiqua

As its name suggests, Book Antiqua would work well for professions in the arts or humanities.


Like Arial, Verdana another clean and modern font that’s even easier to read because of the slightly wider spacing.

Century and MS Reference Sans Serif

Use sleek and clean fonts like Century and MS Reference Sans Serif over those with fancy designs to make it easier for scanning programs to read your resume.

(updated 2019)

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