Resumes & CV’s – the basics (fonts)

Most modern job seekers know that their resume has to be available as a printed document, but is more often requested as an electronic one. This means that they have to have a properly formatted version of the resume on their computer or on a thumb drive that can be used with any sort of operating system of platform.

What else does this mean? It indicates that resumes need to have some thought put into them where resume  formatting and design are concerned. For instance, you may know that resumes are a place where “bulleted lists” are common. Interestingly enough, a lot of people dislike the looks of such lists and seek to avoid them by making specific areas of text “bold” or by making tables that offset entire areas of text in the ways that bullets normally do.

The problem with this choice is that it may not translate well across all operating systems or platforms. Thus, a potential employer may open the resume CV and see all kinds of erroneously formatted text and a jumble of sentences staggered across the screen. The result is that they close the document and don’t bother to read it at all.

This can also happen if someone decides to use a diversity of different fonts in their resume as well. This is something that most would say to avoid unless sticking strictly with the “sans serif” fonts that can be read globally by all machines.

What if you love the way a certain font “looks” in the document? Unless you are absolutely certain that it will translate to any format and computer system, don’t use it. Go ahead and change sizes, make things bold or italic, but don’t flip around between different fonts because you don’t want to ruin your chances at an interview because you think it is important to have a “pretty” resume.

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