How to Choose a Font for Your Resume

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When you're jockeying for a new job, there are myriad factors that influence whether or not you get it. There's who you know, for example; how your interview goes; and whether you have the right experience. Also, there's your resume - and, believe it or not, what font it's printed in.

"Would you ever sign a lease that was handwritten in crayon? How about a contract that was put together ransom-note style? Unless you enjoy playing with fire, we're going to guess your answers are 'no' and 'no.' In fact, we'll bet you wouldn't even bother to read them," says Monster contributor Julia Gaynor. "When it comes to official paperwork, appearance -- specifically, the font -- can go a long way in projecting significance."

So, which font is the best font? "The most important thing is that your font is scannable and easy to read," Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, tells Gaynor. "Because so many recruiters are reading resumes on-the-go, you'd also be smart to chose a font that's easy to read on a mobile device, which means a sans serif font like Arial, Tahoma or Calibri."

Ultimately, though, the best choice depends a lot on your industry and the personality of your target employer. For instance, if you are applying for legal, operations or corporate jobs, a formal serif font like Times New Roman is standard. If you're applying for creative or marketing work, on the other hand, a classic choice is Arial or Verdana. And if you work in the arts or humanities, consider Garamond or Book Antiqua.

Whatever your field, one universal rule applies: Stay away from cartoonish fonts like Comic Sans!

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