Microsoft Word is the world’s most widely used word processing software, and the file formats created by Word (.DOC and .DOCX) are considered the business standards. As a result, many hiring managers and recruiters request your resume in MS Word format and are unable to open resumes submitted in other file formats.
For these reasons, we highly recommend that job seekers use Microsoft Word when creating a resume. All the resume templates we offer at Distinctive Resume Templates are designed for use in Microsoft Word.
So, what does this have to do with fonts? Well, it has everything to do with fonts.
Some fonts are installed by default when you install any version of Microsoft Word. While the exact fonts installed by default have varied over Word releases, most have been relatively consistent. For example, Arial, Times New Roman, Garamond, Verdana, Tahoma, Franklin Gothic, and Georgia have appeared in most or all MS Word releases.
In the newer versions of Word (Office 365 installations and Word 2019 and newer), some fonts are installed by default on your computer and others are called “Cloud fonts.”
If you are working in one of these newer versions of Word, you can easily see what we mean by pulling down the font choice menu. If you use one of the Cloud fonts on your resume and send it to someone who also has one of these newer versions of Word, the Cloud font should automatically download when they open the document and render it the same way it is rendered on your computer. The problem, of course, is that many people still use one of the older releases of Word and don’t have access to these Cloud fonts.
Individual users have the ability to install custom fonts too. Helvetica, for example, is a particularly popular sans serif font that is not installed with Microsoft Word and isn’t even available as a Cloud font. So if you wish to use Helvetica, you would need to install it as a custom font.
But imagine you’ve used a custom font or a Cloud font to make your resume, and the recipient of your resume doesn’t have access to this font. What happens? Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, Word will attempt to substitute with another font that the recipient does have installed. The results of this substitution are unpredictable and often messy. Not only does this sometimes result in some really strange font characters, but it can also wreak havoc with the page length, alignment, and other formatting of your resume.