Quick, Bros (especially, especially, you Bros about to graduate the university college thing you’ve been doing all these years), what font is your resume in?
Damn. You fucked. Because it’s Times New Roman, isn’t it? Twelve point. Yep. That PDF you’ve emailed to employer after employer after employer only to get rejection after rejection after rejection? It was Times New Roman.
Well, good news. You didn’t get hired because your skills and qualifications sucked (probably!), it’s because your font choice is terrible.
I love a good Times New Roman as much as the next Bro, but apparently, that doesn’t stand out enough. Which makes sense. Your possible future employer sees your resume as just another bland entry in the same, never-ending stack of bullshit. You gotta jazz that shit up. Use Wing Dings.
Or Helvetica. Because design folks agree. Helvetica is the best resume font.
We went digging for a complete set of professionally fly fonts and returned with just one consensus winner: Helvetica.
“Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest,” says Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design. “Helvetica is safe. Maybe that’s why it’s more business-y.”
And what’s so wrong with Times New Roman? According to this design fuck, it symbolizes laziness, as though hitting CRTL + A is a daunting task that the average human is incapable of completing.
Using [Times News Roman] might send the wrong sign to your future boss, though. “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” says Hoff. “It’s like putting on sweatpants.”
So, change your fucking font. Sure, it might take an extra four minutes to fix the spacing, but what’s that in the grand scheme of sweet, sweet employment?
Best of luck, Bros.