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puckhead193
Nov 3, 2006, 11:25 AM
Anyone have any ideas for a font for a resume/cover letter. My teacher said to stay away from times to new roman... and pick something else that's also easy to read any ideas



shecky
Nov 3, 2006, 11:28 AM
Sabon. the One True Font™

CanadaRAM
Nov 3, 2006, 11:34 AM
Just choose an attractive looking Serif face.

My faves are Minion, Gallliard and Nofret

Avoid unusual fonts. Also I would avoid anything with an excessively large X-height, like Americana or the original Laserwriter Palatino.

Dubba
Nov 3, 2006, 11:37 AM
My favoruites are Skia & Verdana

zero2dash
Nov 3, 2006, 11:48 AM
Serif:
Garamond
Garamond Condensed
Goudy

Sans Serif:
Futura
Gill Sans
Stone Sans

I like those myself.

dalethompson
Nov 3, 2006, 12:49 PM
I hate Times New Roman too or any other generic font, especially since there are so many nice crisp ones to choose from.

But, it depends on whether you're resume is being sent by email or scanned in. If you think it's going to be emailed, stick with a very generic, basic one as some companies software will actually misintreprete some fonts and ruin your resume when it comes across to them. My friend (in HR) says really nice fancy resumes on paper is one thing, emailing them poses a problem sometimes though... weird characters appear throughout the resume and actually will end up making it unreadable.

Not saying this will happen to you at all, but there may be a slight chance.

Good luck,
Dale

zero2dash
Nov 3, 2006, 02:44 PM
My friend (in HR) says really nice fancy resumes on paper is one thing, emailing them poses a problem sometimes though... weird characters appear throughout the resume and actually will end up making it unreadable.

Emailing resumes in PDF format with embedded or outlined fonts solves that problem. :)

balamw
Nov 3, 2006, 03:04 PM
Emailing resumes in PDF format with embedded or outlined fonts solves that problem. :)
Not if the company requests another format (I've seen requirements for either DOC or TXT). Or if the company uses OCR to extract the text from the submitted resumes so they end up in a searchable database :p

B

wmmk
Nov 3, 2006, 05:05 PM
call me crazy, but Helvetica can be nice for techy/modern-ish adavt-grade type companies.

GoCubsGo
Nov 3, 2006, 05:09 PM
I like Apple Garamond.

MagicWok
Nov 4, 2006, 05:24 AM
I used Helvetica Neue 45, around 12pt. Easy to read, helped me land my job and I have had some great responses about how well CV is laid out.

YS2003
Nov 4, 2006, 06:28 AM
Is it important to use Open Type font to make sure the recipient of the messages/letters would be able to ready them? There are some unique fonts which are not used by the masses (because of the licensing).

netdog
Nov 4, 2006, 06:29 AM
Garamond. It just looks smarter and more refined, and hence you do too.

MagicWok
Nov 4, 2006, 08:24 AM
Is it important to use Open Type font to make sure the recipient of the messages/letters would be able to ready them? There are some unique fonts which are not used by the masses (because of the licensing).

As it has been said before in this thread further up... if you save the font as an outline and export to a pdf, anyone can read it, with or without the same font that you used. And since 99% of potential employers ask for a pdf as a CV, there is no problem. I would never use MS Word to create my CV :eek:

Having said this, the fact you can use any font for an outline pdf does not mean you should you any font! :p lol

iSaint
Nov 4, 2006, 08:52 AM
I like Apple Garamond.

That's what my Vita uses.

YS2003
Nov 5, 2006, 06:29 AM
As it has been said before in this thread further up... if you save the font as an outline and export to a pdf, anyone can read it, with or without the same font that you used. And since 99% of potential employers ask for a pdf as a CV, there is no problem. I would never use MS Word to create my CV :eek:

Having said this, the fact you can use any font for an outline pdf does not mean you should you any font! :p lol
If it is PDF, the font issue is a moot point. But, there are still many companies who want to get the resume in Word file instead of PDF. I think they want to copy and paste into their database. I think for creative fields, the company would rather receive it in PDF to see the design sense of the new applicants by not restricting what program they can use to make a resume.