Times New Roman And Arial Can Cost You Your Job

Your resume may not reflect your entire potential and may not reveal your amazing life experience. However, it reveals enough first hand information for a company to be interested in you. In a job interview, candidates who take an extra mile to showcase their readiness and professionalism through their dressing sense, behavior, and resume are likely to succeed. Resume bloopers like grammatical mistakes highlight your carelessness. However, the selection of fonts plays a crucial role in your resume. This blog post deals with the reasons you shouldn’t be using the generic/standard fonts in your resume and the alternatives.

Times New Roman is a serif font while Arial belongs to the sans serif font family. Serif fonts are identified with their feet to enhance readability. ‘Sans serif’ usually finds use in headers where legibility is more an issue than readability. Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t use Times New Roman and Arial in your resume.

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1. Overused

Do you want to give your recruiters the impression that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface you selected?

Recruiters and Hiring Managers see this font so often it screams “non-creative” to them. The whole point of your resume is to stand out from the crowd of fellow job seekers. Using Times New Roman won’t do a favor to that cause.

2. Readability on screens 

Readability of your resume is a key factor in gauging your potential. The font size shouldn’t be less than 10. The ideal font size is 11-14. Times New Roman is not made to be read on screens, especially on smaller screens. It’s simply hard to read. You don’t want to make a recruiter’s life harder than it is with your resume.

3. Outdated 

In fonts’ world using Times New Roman is the same as having AOL email address. You know what it means.


Do you know that creative people design their resume using a blend of serif and sans serif fonts to get the perfect contrast? For example, you can use Sans Serifs like ‘Bebas’ and ‘Helvetica Neue’ in the header and use Baskerville or Palatino Linotype for highlighting. Here are 10 alternative fonts that can be used in your resume to give it a professional look.

1. Helvetica

Helvetica is an ideal font for short resumes.

2. Proxima Nova

3. Minion Pro

Minion Pro is a serif font and it’s a great alternative to Times New Roman.

4. Titillium Web

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Titillium Web is an OpenSource free Google font. It’s relatively younger released in 2008 in Italy. The black and bold styles can be used in the header while the regular and thin versions of the font can be used in the body section.  In the above image, you can see the contrast produced by the change in font weight of Titillium Web.

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Titillium Web in the header paired with Lato Regular

Titillium goes well with serif fonts like Roboto and Montserrat. You can also pair it with ‘Sans Serif’ fonts like Oswald and Lato.

5. Adobe Caslon

For longer resumes, Adobe Caslon would do a fine job.

6. Charter

Matthew Carter, the guy who designed Verdana and Georgia,


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