Times New Roman is the typeface equivalent of wearing sweatpants to an interview

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We all know, your CV is one of the most important items in your job hunting tool kit. So, I was fascinated to come across this blog post by Bloomberg on the best and worst fonts to use on your CV. According to the article, Times New Roman is a comfortable faithful friend, a bit like the equivalent of wearing sweatpants to an interview. Considering the mindboggling choice of fonts, do you harness the powers of Lucinda, Franklin Gothic or Poor Richard (yep, this font style exists!) on your CV.

Our take is not to get too bogged down with fonts, here are our simple rules:

  • Use 14 font for your name and 11 font for the rest of your CV. Use Ariel or another clear font style (Times New Roman works) – most importantly, remember your CV needs to be accessible to the reader.
  • Capitalise and bold your major headings and use bold for any sub-heading.
  • Be consistent and use use one font style.
  • Use bullet points (consistent style) and avoid a rainbow of colors (unless you are applying for creative roles!)
  • Keep to no more than 2 pages.

Finally, look at different CV styles and formats for inspiration... As a start, check out our CV guide which has lots of example templates.

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