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When writing a CV, it’s important to pay attention to the small details. Everything has to be carefully thought through, from the content, right down to the presentation. A CV should catch a recruiter’s eye for the right reasons and impress them.
 
Once you’ve written your CV, listing your previous employment and achievements, it’s time to think about presentation. A CV needs to be sleek, professional and easy to read. Choosing the right font is therefore crucial.
 
In an article published this week, Bloomberg talked to three typography experts about the fonts that make a good impression on a CV and the ones that need to be avoided at all cost. Here’s the verdict:
Helvetica came up trumps as the best font to use for a job application. The three experts Bloomberg consulted were unanimous: it’s a safe font to use on a CV. According to Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff design: “Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest.”
Garamond is also recommended, since it “is legible and easy for the eye to follow” says Matt Luckhurst, creative director at Collins.
 
Looking for a job in the fashion industry? Then you could consider a font like Didot: “It’s very tall, it’s a little fancy, [and] it’s a little feminine. It’s a good option for a fashion job, but not much else.” Luckhurst told Bloomberg.
 
Whilst it seems fairly obvious that fonts such as Comic Sans or Zapfino should never be used on a job application, it may come as a surprise that Times New Roman should also be struck off the list. Talking to Bloomberg, Hoff explains: “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected. It’s like putting on sweatpants.” The heyday of Times New Roman is over – it’s time to move on to new fonts.