It’s Resume Season: How to Do Typography


Have you ever had no idea how to make your CV look good? Being in this place of “I don’t know” is never fun. Here are some handy tips to help you spice up your resume and make it appealing to the new boss.

A little lesson on hierarchy

The type hierarchy consists of Cut, font, alignment, orientation and UPPERCASE (WARNING: using all caps will make the eyes stand out and never go back on the head… PLEASE don’t overuse all caps. Your eyes will thank you.). These are just a few of the ways to create hierarchy in your resume.

There are so many more ways to define type than the normal left-to-right horizontal.

Alright, it’s great to know more about the hierarchy, so what do I do? What does it have to do with me to complete my CV? The hierarchy is important to make the CV readable and to make it look better overall. Having a resume that has a well thought out hierarchy can impress your future boss and a bad hierarchy can cause your future boss to throw your resume away.

It’s a TONNE terminology THROWED yours.
See how capitalizing the word ton and bolding it makes it stand out. Italicizing the word “thrown” makes it look like it’s on the move. Playing with text is a great skill to learn in order to help your text show what you want it to say.

Now you know a little more about typography than when you started reading this editorial. Now is the time for the rubber to hit the road.

Make text LARGER is not always better.
By making the text bigger, it puts that piece of text higher on the importance chain, but only up to a point does it look professional. For example, if the “Work Experience” section is size 12 and then size 35, that’s way too big a point size for the text. A good use for sizing text is to have text such that the headings (work experience, volunteering, etc.) should all be about 3-5 points larger than the “body text” (the experience actual work and other items under the headings).

Bold and Italics:

When used effectively, they are powerful tools, but they can also be used horribly wrong. One way to avoid using bold and italics incorrectly: look away a bit, then look back. Usually people will be able to see if anything seems odd about the way bold or italics have been used. Friendly advice, italics are not meant to be used on a long or medium passage of text. It should only be used on short (very short) sentences or one word, the same goes for using bold text.


According to, the definition of alignment is “the arrangement [of text] in a straight line or in correct relative positions. This means that one side of the text creates a straight line. This handy tool can make reading your CV very easy, easy or painful to read. Keep in mind that left alignment is a good friend of yours when deciding which alignment to place your text in. This is mainly because English is read from left to right and this alignment is most often used for languages ​​read from left to right. to the right. Right alignment is where all text aligns to the right side. Right-side alignment is less commonly used because it makes text harder to read from left to right. Even so, it can be useful for 3 lines or less in headers only. The infamous alignment used in poetry is called center-align. If you choose to use it for your resume, I can tell you now that anyone looking at your resume can most likely throw it away immediately, because when more than 3 lines of text are center aligned, it’s incredibly hard to read. Please do yourself a favor and don’t use this alignment in your CV for more than 2 lines. If you absolutely must have 3 lines aligned in the center, that’s ok but not encouraged from a design perspective.

“arrangement [of text] in a straight line or in correct relative positions.

ALL CAPS!!!! SHOULD NEVER BE USED FOR MORE THAN 1 TO 3 WORDS. Do you remember the warning I gave earlier? The reason for using all caps for 1-3 words is that they can make content much harder to read when used for long lines or passages of text. All earplugs, when used improperly, can cause eye strain. Readability is essential for a good CV. The easier the content is to read, the more likely your future employer will read all of your CVs.

I gave you a lot of things to watch out for, but no real concrete pointers. As a general rule, using a 12 point font size for body text is a good rule of thumb. Try to avoid going below 10 points for the font, which gets quite small. Section headings can be bold, all caps, or both, but please use your discretion. A good point size for these headers is around 15 font points plus or minus a few point sizes. For your resume title, it can be bold and/or all caps, again, use your discretion. A good point size for the font is around 18 to 20 points. As for the subtitles, this does not include your contact details, these can be smaller than the header; it is called a subheader after all. It can be italicized and differentiate the subtitle from other text by using a size of 13 points.

Now, with the tools in your belt to build your sleek and professional resume hierarchy, you have it! Now you have these tools. Have a blessed finals week and winter break!


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