font for resume

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    puckhead193

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    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
     
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    Sabon. the One True Font™
     
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    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.
     
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    My favoruites are Skia & Verdana
     
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    Serif:
    Garamond
    Garamond Condensed
    Goudy

    Sans Serif:
    Futura
    Gill Sans
    Stone Sans

    I like those myself.
     
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    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
     
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    zero2dash

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

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    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
     
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    call me crazy, but Helvetica can be nice for techy/modern-ish adavt-grade type companies.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    I like Apple Garamond.
     
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    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.
     
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    YS2003

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    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).
     
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    netdog

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    Garamond. It just looks smarter and more refined, and hence you do too.
     
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    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
     
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    That's what my Vita uses.
     
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    YS2003

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    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.
     

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