Resume font choices can be confusing. First, you have to decide on the best font(s) for your resume (more here). Then you have to decide where to use normal font and where to use bold font.
Resume Font: Where to Go Bold
Because bold font draws your readers’ eyes, it’s helpful to use it to guide them to the information that’s most important to them.
Check out this research study, or the following video (H/T Phyllis Mufson), to see how readers scan resumes.
Now that you know what your readers are looking for, be sure to use bold font on the following elements of your resume:
- Your name.
- Section headings.
- Job titles.
- Employment dates.
- Employer names.
- Employer locations.
- Your name on second-page headers.
If you want to see how easy this makes your resume to scan, check out these executive resumes.
Resume Font: Where Not to Go Bold
Candidates often use bold font inside the narrative descriptions of their jobs and accomplishments. This makes me:
- Wonder if the applicant thinks I’m so dumb they have to point me to the super important information in the narrative text of their resume.
- Look at snippets of information that don’t mean much because they’re out of context.
- Assume that all of the other information on the resume is unimportant – otherwise, it would be bolded too!
Then I go back to wondering if the applicant thinks I’m dumb.
Resumes amaze me. They contain so much explicit and subtle, subliminal information.
Always think about what the reader wants and how your resume might make them feel. Then give them a good experience.
Updated October 2018
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