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Choosing a font for your resume and cover letter is a surprisingly important choice to make. You want a typeface that exudes professionalism while not appearing too generic. 

These 5 resume fonts are in no particular order as they are all fantastic fonts for different individual styles and different resume formats. Start with one of these 3 free resume templates, and adjust to your personal preference.

1. Garamond

Garamond is a timeless font that gives your application materials a sophisticated feel, without making you seem too “stuffy." Garamond has the benefit of being a relatively compact font, which allows you to fit more onto the page if you’re having trouble editing yourself.

2. Helvetica

Helvetica is considered by many to be one of the best all-around fonts. It has a contemporary feel that gives your application materials a slick, modern, professional edge. Unlike Garamond, Helvetica takes up quite a bit of space. So, if you tend to over-edit yourself, Helvetica can be used to help fill out your resume.

3. Georgia

Georgia is composed of thick strokes, which makes it an easy typeface to read at small sizes. The font was designed specifically to be viewed on a computer screen so be warned that it does not look quite as brilliant on the printed page. However, it is an excellent choice if you are submitting your resume online as a PDF!

4. Cambria

Cambria is a good middle-of-the-road font choice that can be used in almost any document. Think of it as the font that occupies the middle ground between Garamond and Georgia.

While Garamond looks particularly good in print and Georgia looks particularly good on the computer screen, Cambria excels in the space between.

5. Calibri

Calibri is a minimalist font that can either work for you or against you. This is a fantastic font to use if you have a lot of stuff on your resume and are trying to make it look less cluttered. On the other hand, if your resume does not have much text or if your resume has a simple design, avoid using Calibri!

For general information on resume writing, check out Localwise's 50 Resume Writing Tips. To learn the basics of an appropriate resume format, check out Localwise's 21 Resume Formatting Tips.

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