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Resume Fonts

With the advent of computer software and PCs, everyone now has the capability of desktop publishing, complete with fancy fonts. However, these innovations can cause problems if you email your resume to prospective employers.

In order for your PC to display a font, it must be installed. But, generally speaking, only classic fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial are universally installed on PCs "out of the box".

Typically, you must install designer fonts like Broadway, Mistral and Stencil, either by themselves or through an application such as a word processor.

If you create your resume using a designer font that you've installed, your resume might look great on your PC. But, when you email your resume to an employer's PC, it might substitute another font for the designer font. That's because the designer font won't exist on the employer's PC, unless the employer installed it just as you did.

What does font substitution do? Well, for one, it throws off formatting, potentially stretching your perfect one-page resume onto two or more pages. That's because fonts differ in height, depth and the amount of spacing between characters. While you might have used an elegant and stylish font, the font that an employer's PC substitutes might very well be bulky and ugly.

So, if you're going to send your resume to prospective employers via email, it's always best to use universally-installed fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial. It will ensure that the formatting and overall look of your resume will remain true.

Resume Bullets

Like designer fonts, designer bullets add flair to a resume. But, like designer fonts, designer bullets are not universally installed on all PCs. So, if you choose a checkmark, arrow, star or any character other than the universal bullet (•), your otherwise dynamite designs might display on an employer's PC as question marks, numerals or some other odd characters.

The best time to use designer fonts and bullets is when you're "snail mailing" your resume to employers or handing it to them in person (unless employers will scan it). For resumes you're going to send by email, it's best to go with the universal bullet and a classic font, such as Times New Roman or Arial.

The same goes for fonts and bullets in your employment-related letters, such as your cover letter.

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