Does this font make you look fat? No, just like a clown


We all know that images and emojis eventually will replace text on professional resumes. But until that time, job seekers must make decisions about what font to use on their resumes.

This is no small matter, font experts say. The wrong typeface can undermine even the most impressive words on a resume, like "achieved," "improved," "created," "resolved," and "embezzled" "launched."

But with so many fonts from which to choose, how can a job seeker know when they've struck font gold or font foolery? And when is Wingdings a viable option?

Fortunately, Bloomberg Business found some of these font experts to save us from our poor choices.

Stay away from Times New Roman, which Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, likens to "putting on sweatpants" -- a definite no-no in an interview scenario.

On the other end of the scale, Didot may be just a bit too swank. Bloomberg quotes Matt Luckhurst, creative director at San Francisco-based brand consultancy Collins:  “It’s like wearing the black dress to the ball. Do you wear a tuxedo to your job interview?”

And in case you want to "get out of the box" and advertise your daring self through your Comic Sans font, forget it. "It should not be on your résumé 'unless you are applying to clown college,'" Bloomberg quotes Hoff. 

The three font experts interviewed liked plenty of other typefaces, but only one drew unanimous praise as the perfect font for a resume.

Helvetica, take a bow.

This story, "Does this font make you look fat? No, just like a clown" was originally published by Fritterati.

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