Students: Resume Advice from PVHS Work Experience Teacher, Dr. Resa Rosenstein
7:00 AM Paloma Valley High School
Now that summer vacation is around the corner, and our students are going to be graduating soon, the idea of getting a job is creeping into their brains. One of the tools that is needed to be successful in this venture is a resume, one that best reflects the candidates admirable qualities, which may be required when applying for a job. The question is, how does one go about that? That answer is found when you take the Work Experience Class, which meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. in the Theater at Paloma Valley High School. With that said, let’s explore the best font to use once you know how to write your resume, as that is the starting point.
Most, if not all, of the assignments that your teachers instruct you to write for your classes in school are written with the font, “Times New Roman”. This is due to the fact that the style method of document formatting and citation commonly used and accepted is MLA for English, and APA for the Sciences, which require this style of font. Therefore, it naturally follows to keep this style font for all writings required in high school. But the “real world” isn’t high school and the business world is changing day to day.
Recently, I read an article written by Natalie Kitroeff from Bloomberg.com, entitled, “The Best and Worst Fonts To Use On Your Resume”, and I shared with my Work Experience students the latest favored business writing font for resumes and cover letters. Helvetica, the font I am using to write this blog, is the font that “feels professional, lighthearted, honest..” Because it is “safe”, it won over other font competitors making this one deemed more “business-y”. How important is this looking at the whole interviewing process? It is very important as the resume represents ‘YOU”! By using this font, it shows you put some thought into this process and didn’t use the “old tried and true” Times New Roman. Even though Times New Roman is the classic, it is also getting “old” and with that a nonglamorous feel of something comfortable, but boring- not the impression you want to make!
There may be other fonts that you favor, but they must be job-appropriate. For example, flowery fonts like aquafina script (see exhibit #1) may be the one you choose for a wedding invitation or if you were applying for a career in wedding planning, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for other businesses outside that field. According to Kitroeff, the font “Didot”, is an upscale font with a little feminism twist and is a good fit for writing a resume for a job in the fashion industry. The list goes on, but what really matters is that now the latest and best font for resume and cover letter writing has been shared. So go out there and apply for the job of your dreams!