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What are the best resume fonts? A CEO who has read thousands of resumes this year shares his 7 favorite picks

By | Peter Yan |

When it comes to writing the perfect resume, most people rarely put much thought into which font to use.

As the CEO of a resume writing company, I review thousands of resumes every year. It’s also part of my job to speak with hiring managers and recruiters to understand what they look for in candidates today — and many of them agree: Choosing a readable font is important.

In fact, the average initial screening time for a candidate’s resume is just 7.4 seconds, according to a study from job search website The Ladders.

The “best resumes” — where recruiters spent the most time and focus — had “clearly marked section and title headers, all written in a clear font,” the study noted.

The best fonts for your resume

The top factors to consider when picking a font are professionalism, design, spacing and, most important of all, readability.

Also, many companies use an ATS (applicant tracking system) to streamline the recruiting process, and there may be problems if the system doesn’t recognize your font. So if you’ve been using something too unique or unusual, it’s time to update your resume font.

Here are my seven favorite picks for 2021 to 2022:

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