A résumé, that piece of paper designed to reflect your best self, is one of the places where people still tend to use typeface to express themselves.
It does not always go well, according to people who spend a lot of time looking at fonts.
Bloomberg asked three typography wonks which typefaces make a curriculum vitae look classiest, which should never, ever be seen by an employer, and whether emojis are fair game.
“Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another.
“I don’t have any problem with Times New Roman,” says Martina Flor, a letterer and designer in Berlin, Germany.
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That kind of popularity does not come cheap: Just one style of the font costs .99 at myfonts.com, and the entire 144-member family costs 4.
If you are very experienced, use Garamond to get your long rap sheet to fit into a single page.
“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” says Hoff.
“It’s like putting on sweatpants.” If you want something intentionally upscale, try Didot.