The Shocking Thing That May Make Or Break Your Resume

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Using all caps on your resume? Probably not a great idea, either. | Source: ShutterStock

You already know a lot about resume writing and editing by now: No typos, no lying, no false references … and now, no Times New Roman font.

A new report from Bloomberg says that the classic Times New Roman font can actually get your resume tossed in the trash faster than misspelling your own name. “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, says. “It’s like putting on sweatpants.”

Yikes! Which fonts are safe?

Obviously, you don’t want anything in script, nor anything too flowery or flowing. You also want to avoid Courier, because, well, typewriters went extinct for a reason and everyone knows you’re not actually using one. Design experts and employers recommend Helvetica the most (“it feels professional, lighthearted, honest,” Hoff says), with Proxima Nova, Garamond and Didot following closely behind.

Also: Never, ever use Comic Sans for your resume. Or for anything. Ever.

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