Bloomberg Business Tip: DO NOT Use Times New Roman on Your Resume

That doesn't mean you should use Comic Sans in its place, of course.

This PRNewser writer’s alter ego is that of a writing teacher who may or may not have recently (somewhat jokingly) reserved the right to set student papers aflame if they deviated from proper MLA format, including Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

As such, I was utterly aghast to read the following sentence in a recent Bloomberg Business article about the best and worst fonts to use on a resume:

“[Using Times New Roman is] telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected…It’s like putting on sweatpants.”

My world, it’s safe to say, has been rocked.

The reason the experts interviewed for the article shy away from old reliable is because it has a reputation of being “staid.”

Well, I’ll have them know that synonyms for “staid” include “respectable,” “serious-minded,” and “formal,” and if these things are wrong, then maybe I don’t want to be right.

To make matters worse for my beloved font of choice, the article has been spreading like wildfire via social media, further tarnishing the name of my poor Times New Roman.

Sure, it’s not catching as much heat as much-maligned Comic Sans (which the article states would only be appropriate if you’re “applying to clown college”), but it still hurts to see Times New Roman in the “don’t” category with such riffraff.

comic sans

[Ed note: certain people who shall not be named actually use comic sans in their email pitches and signatures. THIS IS NOT A JOKE.]

So what font, pray tell, should job seekers be using? Apparently, the new usurper gold standard is Helvetica. Here’s what the experts said about it:

“Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another. It feels  professional, lighthearted, honest…Helvetica is safe. Maybe that’s why it’s more business-y.” – Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design.

“If it’s me, [I’m using] Helvetica. Helvetica is beautiful. There is only one Helvetica.” – Matt Luckhurst, creative director at Collins, a brand consultancy, in San Francisco.
Fine with me; if you all switch over to Helvetica, then my Times New Roman will stand out. Who’ll be “staid” then?!