What font should you use on your CV?

Matt Glodz
What font should you use on your CV?

The best fonts to use on your CV and what your font says about you

Studies show that, psychologically, fonts can evoke strong emotions.

Because your CV is a personal marketing document, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what kind of impression the font you choose to use conveys.

In this post, we’ll explore the best CV font options by analysing brand logos and discussing how a font affects brand image and perception.

We’ll also provide recommendations for the best fonts to use on your CV.

Serif Fonts: Professional, Trustworthy, Credible, Traditional

We always recommend using a serif font on your CV for two key reasons:

  • They are easier to read.
  • They convey a stronger sense of professionalism.

1) Serif fonts are easier to read

Serif fonts have letters that slightly curl like the one shown on the right below (Calibri vs Times New Roman):

 Sans Serif and Serif Font Example

Research shows that serif fonts are easier to read, as Madeline DeCotes explains in an Adobe InDesign article on the topic: 

“Serifs often lend a bit more legibility at smaller scales,” she says. “When you're reading a 9.5 font in a printed book, serifs help you distinguish the letterforms and create flow as you’re reading.”

Think about what kind of font the latest book you read was written in.

Most books are written in serif fonts, helping you read them quickly and with less eye strain - and that's exactly how a recruiter should be able to read your CV!

2) Serif fonts convey a strong sense of credibility

In addition to being easier to read, serif fonts tend to be perceived as more credible and trustworthy.

Let’s take a look at some brands who use serif fonts in their logos:

Company Logos Using Serif Fonts

You’ll probably agree that these are classic, timeless organisations that have built up a credible, authoritative reputation.

These are characteristics you want to convey as a job applicant as well!

Serif fonts for your CV

Our favourite serif fonts for CVs include: 

  • Book Antiqua
  • Cambria
  • Dante
  • Georgia
  • Times New Roman

    Sans Serif Fonts: Modern, Casual, Informal, Friendly

    Serif fonts tend to be perceived as younger, more modern and approachable.

    What emotions do the logos below evoke for you? 

    Company Logos Using Sans-Serif Fonts

    While you can use a sans serif font on your CV, we always recommend erring on the conservative side.

    Sans-serif fonts for your CV

    If you choose to use a sans-serif font, we recommend:

    • Arial
    • Calibri
    • Helvetica
    • Trebuchet MS
    • Verdana

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    About the AuthorMatt Glodz

    Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

    Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over eight years.

    At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.

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