Fonts and Margins and Color, Oh My!

Resume MarginsDo you put much thought into the strategy behind the font you use on your resume?

Do you think about the font you’re going to use before writing your resume?  Do you put any consideration into which font would be the best choice for your career documents?  

How about the size of the margins you use, whether to infuse color into the documents, or how to plan the layout of your resume?

If you don’t, you should—because the aesthetic elements of a resume matter more than you might think.  They are the first impression the hiring manager has of you (much like what you wear to an interview and whether you show up early or late).  Every element of your resume needs to have a strategy.  If you’re an executive, then you wouldn’t use Comic Sans; but if you’re an edgy graphic designer trying to convey a certain image, you might.

My point is this: your resume’s visual elements are important too—not just the words you use.  So be strategic in your choices.  If you’re not sure which font, design, margins and colors are appropriate for your career level and job search goals, try doing some online research.  Or if that isn’t your forte, then consider hiring a professional resume writer who works with you to personally assist in the development of a resume strategy that will get results.  

Of course, a resume is much more than visual aesthetics and an appealing design.  But it’s important to understand that the overall layout and design of your resume will be the hiring manager’s first impression.  And as first impressions go—it had better be a good one!

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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit or call 1.800.991.5187.

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