A reader writes:
A friend of mine has asked me to critique his paper resume and cover letter.
Both documents used Comic Sans font. I suggested he use something more businesslike, such as Arial, but he's sold on Comic Sans.
To me, Comic Sans sends the implicit message "I think this is a joke" or, at least, looks too casual. Am I getting too picky?
Ugh, Comic Sans. For those who don't know it, Comic Sans looks like this.
It's not a professional font. It was designed to imitate comic book lettering. It's informal. It's despised by graphic designers. There's a movement to ban it.
Am I going to disregard an otherwise great candidate over it? No. Is it going to mildly annoy me? Yes. Do you want to be mildly annoying hiring managers by using an unprofessional font on your resume and making them wonder why you don't know it's not professional? No. Does it potentially contribute to an overall impression of you as unprofessional? Yes.
The test of a good resume font is one that doesn't make the reader think about what font you used. Comic Sans fails that test.