If you're not applying for a design job, you might not put much thought into the font on your resume, but typography experts say you should.
Bloomberg recently asked three design professionals which typefaces make a resume look classiest and which ones should be avoided at all costs.
Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, said that Times New Roman, one of the most commonly used fonts, shouldn't be your go-to choice.
"It's telegraphing that you didn't put any thought into the typeface that you selected," he said. "It's like putting on sweatpants."
The design experts threw out other ideas about what fonts to avoid, including Comic Sans, Courier and Zapfino.
As for the top-voted resume font, Helvetica was the only typeface that everyone agreed on.
"Helvetica is so no-fuss. It doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest," Hoff said. "Helvetica is safe. Maybe that's why it's more business-y."
Of course, not everyone agrees that opting for the "safe" font sends the right message.
He explains that while Helvetica is often selected for its "neutral" design, it's "also often picked for reasons opposite of neutrality — the user believing it is a sophisticated and fashionable design choice that will distinguish them in the marketplace. This is also folly."
When it comes to resume fonts, many experts say that sans-serif ones — those that don't have little feet at their ends — are the best choice, but if you're simply looking to think outside the Helvetica box, Bloomberg's typography experts suggest Proxima Nova, Garamond and Didot.
Media company The Next Web also has these 30 suggestions for alternatives to Helvetica.
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