Sep 28, 2018 - 04:16 PM
You should use the same font for your resume and cover letter. The font style should be easy-to-read; best fonts to consider include Tahoma, Arial, Century Gothic, Bookman, Garamond, Verdana, Cambria, or Times New Roman. Take the time to experiment with different font sizes, as some look better when larger, and some may be difficult to read when used smaller. Using too large a font may make you look juvenile or unprofessional. At the same time, be aware that many recruiters may be scanning your resume quickly (the average time spent scanning a resume is about six seconds), and on mobile devices. In that case, sans serif fonts may be better since they are easier to read on a smaller screen (such as a smartphone). While picking a funky font to express your individuality may seem like a good idea, it may not translate to a mobile device, and it could end up looking like hieroglyphics in some cases.
When it comes to font and font size, and your goals with both a resume and a cover letter, remember this—you must aim to make both documents as easy to read as possible. If you’re unsure of what will work best, go with a standard, conservative font (like the ones listed above), and as far as font size goes, 11pt is always a safe bet.
Aug 22, 2018 - 01:44 AM
Using the same font on every document that's part of you job application package can create a seamless transition between your cover letter, resume, and attachments. It can also help hiring manager remember your application even after he or she looks through dozens of other submissions. At the very least, use the same font and point size for the header information on all your documents.
When you're choosing a font for your cover letter, pick something that is standard in the business world. Calibri, Arial, and Cambria are all good options. Don't make your font too small or too large. Generally, you don't want to go below 10 pt. or above 12 pt., although you can use a slightly larger size for your name. By using the same font for your resume and letter, you can save yourself time and ensure a professional appearance.