I’m So Fancy…You Already Know!
As I was collecting resumes for a new job opening, I was sent a specific one that caught my eye, but not necessarily for the right reason. The cover letter was all typed in Lucida Calligraphy, which is a fancy font – one that a tea time invitation might be typed in. My very first thought was, admittedly, “oooh, she fancy!”
Using fancy fonts can be fun and playful, but they have their time and place. Yes, fonts can enhance marketing materials as well as invitations and Christmas cards, but beyond that, it really shouldn’t have a huge presence in the workplace.
What are you saying?
Because fonts are commonly used to exude more than the typed words are conveying, be careful about what the font says about you. In this particular case, the cover letter being typed in a fancier font immediately made me think that the candidate was probably a bit whimsical and might not have the serious work ethic that I need for the open position.
It sucks that our society judges us as people and makes assumptions from things as silly as font, but the truth is, an employer is looking for a specific type of candidate with distinctive characteristics that fit their particular job and work environment.
You’re No Fun
I know…how do you show your personality if you can’t play with font and more importantly, how can you make sure your resume stands out?
Most employers want to see the person behind the words. The word choice is where you show your creativity. Anyone can change the font on their word processor program, but not everyone can jump off the page simply by using a thesaurus. It takes time and practice to get the words that read best to an employer.
First Impressions will Last
The particular candidate who typed her cover letter in Lucida Calligraphy did have a lot to offer. (Luckily, she reached an employer who understands the ins and outs of interviewing). As I was reading through her qualifications, though, I couldn’t help, but to have that first impression of the font in the back of my mind.
Win your potential employer over with the quality of your resume and cover letter. There are always exceptions to every rule, but if you are questioning whether or not to fancy font – just say no. Simple is always appreciated, professional and easy to read.