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The one font you definitely shouldn't use on your résumé

Putting together a résumé is one of the most stressful parts of job hunting. With all the buzz words you have to include, the potential for typos, the little formatting details to remember, it can drive you to over-think your entire career history. But here’s one thing you don’t need to worry about anymore: Font. Bloomberg asked résumé experts what fonts should and shouldn’t make an appearance on your paperwork, and the answers they got will forever change the way we format our CVs.

Obviously, their experts nixed super-cheeky fonts like Comic Sans, and yes, that notorious typewriter font, Courier. But what really surprised us was the bashing of Times New Roman. The font we totally thought was standard for all things professional is actually considered the “sweatpants” of fonts by Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design.

“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” he told Bloomberg. Basically, it’s a lazy choice and potential employers may recognize that — especially if you’re applying to work at Hoff’s design firm.

So what’s the best font, according to these experts? As it turns out, Helvetica is by far the winner.

“Helvetica is no fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest,” Hoff said.

Brand consultant Matt Luckhurst also favors Helvetica, “Helvetica is beautiful,” he said. “There is only one Helvetica.”

Bottom line: Yes to Helvetica, no to Times New Roman, and a big no way to Comic Sans. Thanks, Bloomberg, for finally solving at least one of the mysteries of résumés!

(Image via Bloomberg)

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