Best CV Font, Size and Format for a Successful Job Application [INFOGRAPHIC]


Getting your CV right makes a big difference to your chances of success. If you imagine things from a recruiter’s point of view, they only have the information and presentation of your CV to go on.

In the majority of cases your CV will be most favourably received if it is printed in black on white paper, looking professional and clean. Find more information about which font and presentation is recommended to get you ahead of the game by reading this infographic.

Related: How to write a winning CV

Things to know:

– Times New Roman in font size 12 is the most commonly used font for CV writing.

– Other popular and professional looking fonts are Georgia, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style, Garamond.

– Sans serif fonts are considered more modern and are popular at the moment, including Arial, Century Gothic, Tahoma and Lucida Sans.

– Remember to be consistent throughout your resume and whichever font you chose, stick with it from beginning to end!

– Make contact details and headers stand out by increasing the size, using capitals, bold, italics or underlining.

– You must include all of the basics – Contact Info, Work Experience, Education and Core Skills. Other headers can be included also.

– Leave enough space on your CV for it not to look too crowded.

– ABOVE ALL ELSE make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors on your CV.

Related: 25 words that can hurt your CV

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  1. Summit says

    I am sure this will benefit many job seekers…… great compilation !!!!

  2. Cassidy Hennigan says

    This was very useful 3 years ago, and it’s not that bad today either, however, we now have free templates and other resources for how to structure your resume that help out tremendously. I’m very curious to see what trend will another three years bring to the job search market.

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