One of the first things that someone is going to notice about your resume is the font you selected.
They might not know exactly what font it is, but they will be able to tell if it’s not professional.
Especially if you decide to use something like Comic Sans or a handwriting font.
Picking the right font can set the tone before anyone even looks at your past work, accomplishments or education. It can set you apart from other candidates as well.
Taking the time to pick the perfect resume font is definitely worth the investment.
Now if you’re not sure where to start, we can help you out!
So let’s take a look!
What are the best resume fonts?
- Archivo Narrow
- EB Garamond
- Open Sans
- Source Sans Pro
- Times New Roman
- Work Sans
Archivo Narrow is the slightly less bold version of the very popular Archivo Black.
This sans serif font makes a great resume font because it is just bold enough to catch someone’s attention, but not so bold that it distracts from the information in your resume.
Sans serif fonts like this are great for business or tech-focused resumes.
I would recommend using this free font as either a header or body font, like they did in the resume example below:
As you can see, the designer used bold and italics to make Archivo Narrow look like a few different fonts on this resume.
If you’re not great at matching fonts, this is a great way to make it look like you know what you’re doing.
But if you want to use a different font, pair this resume font with Barlow or Roboto.
Category: Sans Serif Fonts / Business Fonts
Archivo Narrow Font Pairs: Barlow, Roboto, Fira Sans
Arial is probably one of the fonts that you have seen the most without even realizing it. In 1982, it was created for IBM and then it has been used in most Windows computers since the early 1990s.
It has been available in basically every word processing app, spreadsheet or design tool ever since.
There’s a reason that Arial has been used for professional documents for that long—it just works.
So I would recommend using this as a great resume font, no matter what job you’re applying for.
As you can see in the resume template below, the designers used Arial as both a header and body font.
They also used Arvo for some of the section headers to really make those stand out from the sans serif font.
Now technically Arial isn’t a free resume font but you can use this font on Venngage for free! Simply start customizing any Venngage template and you’ll be able to choose Arial as your font:
All you need to do is sign up for Venngage and you can use it as much as you want.
If you don’t want to buy Arial just for your resume, Arimo is a great substitute. It was created to be used in place of Arial when sharing documents across different platforms.
They share a lot of the same professional qualities that you need to have in a great resume font. It might be hard for a lot of people to even realize that they are two different fonts.
So if you want to share your resume with as many people as possible, maybe use Arimo instead of Arial.
I would recommend using Arimo as both a body or header font, and pairing it with another thinner sans serif font like Roboto.
Arvo is the first serif resume font that we have on this list. If we want to be really technical, it’s actually a slab serif font. Unlike regular serif fonts which use flowy serifs, slab serif fonts use blocky or geometric serifs.
Slab serif fonts like Arvo are usually used as headers, like you can see in the resume template below. The strong serifs make it hard for fonts like this to be used as a body font, so use a font like Roboto instead.
I would recommend using Arvo as only a header or display font like they did below:
This will help add some text hierarchy to your resume and make it easier to scan quickly.
Try pairing Arvo with a minimalist but modern resume font like Lato to maximize readability as well.
Unlike some of the past resume fonts on this list, you can use Cabin as both a header and body font. There are enough differences between the font weights to add some nice contrast to your resume.
I really like using Cabin because it has geometric influences at its core, but also there are rounded strokes that make it feel a little more casual.
So if you’re looking for a slightly less stuffy resume font, Cabin might be perfect for you actually.
Here’s an example of a resume that makes the most use of Cabin:
You can see that they use a bold Cabin for the header and a regular Cabin for the body.
You can try pairing with another sans serif resume font like Raleway or Open Sans as well.
EB Garamond is another resume font that was basically created to make it easy for people to use Garamond on different platforms.
The original, Garamond, was created by Adobe and takes a ton of inspiration from classic typefaces and Roman letters.
The same influences can be seen in EB Garamond and make the free resume font look like it came from a different century.
That said, you can also use it as a header or title font on your resume to really make it stand out from the crowd.
I would recommend not using this serif font as a body font because it gets slightly hard to read at smaller sizes. Try using EB Garamond as a strong header font, and then Open Sans as the body font instead.
When picking fonts for your resume, it’s important to select one that doesn’t distract from your accomplishments. Something that almost fades into the background and lets you shine.
Lato is one of those fonts, which is why I think it’s one of the better resume fonts you can use this year.
It’s a pretty simple sans serif font that can be used both as a header or body font in your resume.
However, I would recommend using Lato as a body font and pair it with something a little bolder like Arvo or Oswald.
Fun fact, the creator of Lato actually made it for a big client, but they decided not to use it. So they released it to the public for free.
Lora is a professional font serif font that was created a few years ago by the team at Cyreal.
In my opinion, most serif fonts feel like they are from hundreds of years ago. Lora is not like that at all, with it featuring serifs and strokes that feel more at home on a modern font.
It definitely takes some influences from the past with the variable strokes but does not feel old.
Additionally, Lora uses a diagonal stress for each of its letters. This means that each letter slightly tilts a little to the left, and the thinnest part of the stroke is actually off center.
This feature makes Lora feel even more informal, especially when compared to some other classic serif fonts.
I would recommend using Lora as a header font on your resume and pairing it with a simple sans serif font like Lato.
Merriweather is another free resume font that features a diagonal stress. You can see it best on the lowercase “e” in the graphic above.
This is the second slab serif font on this list but it’s a lot less bold than Arvo. Because of this you can use Merriweather as either a header or a body font on your resume. Just don’t use this font as both on the same resume.
In the resume template below, the designer uses Merriweather as the title and header font:
They pair it with Arimo for the body font and this combo provides a nice amount of contrast between each section.
If you want to use a modern font on your resume, I would have to recommend Montserrat. The thin strokes and geometric influences make this resume font feel very modern from the instant you see it.
However, the influences for Montserrat actually come from the past!
Montserrat was actually created by a designer using a successful fundraiser on Kickstarter. They wanted to bring the typefaces that they saw in their historic Montserrat neighborhood to the world.
Early 20th century typography that they saw on signs, business, cafes, and more helped set the tone for Montserrat.
I would recommend using Montserrat as a body font on your resume and pair it with a bold header font like Roboto Slab.
Open Sans is a perfect resume font because it doesn’t try to do too much. A font like this will allow your accomplishments to be the focal point of your resume.
It was named one of the best fonts of all time, and I can see why. It scales down to smaller font sizes very well, can be used in print or on screens and looks very professional.
Open Sans also pairs with basically every other digital font that you could choose. I would recommend using it as a body font on your resume with a serif font like Merriweather or Lora.
As you can see in the resume template above, they use Open Sans as the body font and paired it with a slab serif font.
Oswald is one of the most unique san serif fonts on this list of best resume fonts. It’s pretty easy to create a different serif font, but it’s a little harder for sans serif fonts to stand out.
The combination of long vertical strokes and skinny letters make Oswald look completely different from something like Open Sans. Additionally, it feels like a bold header font without being too overwhelming for a resume.
I would recommend using Oswald as header font because it doesn’t scale down as well as some of the other sans serif fonts.
The designers of the resume below used Oswald as the header font and it really jumps off the page:
Even with the bold color palette, your eye is directed towards the headers and important information.
Try pairing Oswald with a very minimalistic or simple sans serif font like Open Sans or Lato for the perfect amount of contrast on your resume.
At first glance you might think Poppins is a geometric font and each letter is perfectly crafted. But when you look a little closer, you can see that there are small imperfections and embellishments on each letter.
These additions make Poppins feel a lot more genuine than some of the other overly geometric resume fonts.
In the resume example below, the designer use Poppins as a header font:
I like that it is similar to the body font, Arimo, but different enough to be noticed.
Category: Sans Serif Fonts / Resume Fonts
Poppins Font Pairs: Fira Sans, Ubuntu, Roboto
Quicksand is a very interesting font and can be used on a ton of different graphics, including resumes.
The rounded corners and thicker strokes of each letter are immediately visible when looking at Quicksand. This makes it seem like the font could have been created by some just sitting down and writing with a maker.
Unlike some sans serif fonts with hard corners, Quicksand feels a lot less formal and even playful.
Because of this I would recommend only using Quicksand as a header font for your resume. Then pair it with a resume font like Roboto or Open Sans for the body content.
Raleway is the font that I probably use more than any other font in my graphics and designs. I mainly use it as a font for blog headers or social media posts.
The thin and tall strokes of each letter makes it take up a lot of space, without feeling overwhelming. It also uses enough white space between each letter to make it easy to read.
As you can see in the graphic above, each letter also has some interesting embellishments that help it stand out from other professional fonts.
It straddles that line of professional and modern, without going too far in either direction.
The designers created this font to be used as a header font, and I would recommend that as well. Pair it with another free sans serif font like Open Sans to help you create a great resume.
If it feels like you have seen Roboto somewhere before, you would probably be right. It was designed by Google for Android in 2011 and has been in use on most of their products or software ever since.
There are a few reasons why Roboto has been used by one of the biggest companies in the world, and why you should use it on your resume.
First, there are a ton of different font weights that you can download for free. This is great if you still want some contrast in your resume but only want to use Roboto.
Also Roboto scales down very well, because it was designed for tiny screens, so you can use it as both a body and header font.
Rubik is another font that was created by our favorite search engine (which is not Ask Jeeves).
Google created Rubik for their Rubik’s Cube exhibition, and then gave it away to the masses for free.
Rubik was designed from the beginning to be an amusing font, and you can see that in the strokes and spacing. It has some slightly rounded corners which make it feel a lot more casual than other resume fonts on this list.
Because it is not a super professional font, I would recommend only using Rubik as a title or header font. If you use it as a body font in your resume it could send the wrong message.
Pair it with another classic Google font like Roboto for an eye catching resume!
Source Sans Pro
Source Sans Pro was actually created by the design pros over at Adobe. It also was one of the first fonts that they released for free. Since then it has been used in their user interface across different platforms and apps.
It was designed to be easy to read on small screens or in small print, which makes it the perfect resume font.
Here’s an example of Source Sans Pro used as a body font for a resume:
In the resume template above, the designer paired it with Paytone One and it looks incredible!
If you want to use Source Sans Pro on your resume, I would recommend pairing it with a strong header font like Oswald if you want a sans serif font. Or Arvo if you like slab serif fonts better.
Times New Roman
Everyone knows Times New Roman, it’s the one font that people who know nothing about fonts can name. Well, those people can also name Comic Sans but that’s for different reasons.
There’s a good reason why so many people know of Times New Roman, it just works. No matter what document you want to create, you can use this professional font.
Times New Roman is a pretty classic serif font, but the thin strokes and ample white space makes it perfect for a resume font. You can use it as both a header and body font on your resume.
Technically, Verdana is not a free resume font that you can download but you can use it for free on Venngage just by signing up!
Verdana is a sans serif font that was created for Microsoft all the way back in 1996. Some of our readers might not have even been born when this resume font launched.
Like some of the other fonts on this list, Verdana was created to be easy to read on small screens.
This makes it an ideal body font for your resume, but if you want to it can also be used as a header font. There are enough interesting embellishments on each letter that will catch someone’s eye.
Work Sans is a font that I really didn’t know about until I started collecting resume fonts for this project. I’m not really sure how it flew under my radar for so long, but I’m glad I found it!
When compared to something like Open Sans, this resume font feels very geometric and the letters look a lot more symmetrical.
In my opinion this is a great all around business font, which is probably why they named it Work Sans.
You can use Work Sans as both a header or body font on your resume, but I think it works best as a body font. Try pairing it with another sans serif font like Lato or Roboto.
Now if you need some more font inspiration I would recommend checking out our collection of 40+ Best Free Fonts for 2021!
And if you need some amazing resume templates, check this out: