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Old 07-02-2006, 03:27 AM   #1
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For résumé writing, I need some font alternatives to Times New Roman and Arial. Recommendations would be appreciated.

Also, to augment my library of text fonts, if there is a list of new "top twenty" or "must have" serif and sans serif fonts, I would appreciate a pointer to that resource.

FWIW, I use a PC running W98 and WordPerfect for document preparation. Thank you.

   
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:29 AM   #2
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If your WordPerfect is recent enough to have come from Corel, then your CD-ROM's font directory has wealth of high quality fonts, most of them from Bitstream. If I were picking a resume font from this collection, I would give strong consideration to Charter. It is an attractive, businesslike design that has a reputation for holding up well under difficult reproduction conditions, an important consideration at a time when resumes are often scanned and faxed. If your WordPerfect didn't come with the Corel font collection, a font based on Charter, Charis SIL, can be downloaded free from SIL International. Charis SIL has the additional advantage of a very rich character set.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:59 AM   #3
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Gerry,

I do have WP 8 (and WP 10) from Corel. And I have the Charter font from Bitstream. I like that alternative for Times New Roman, and I thank you recommending it.

Can you suggest something for an Arial family replacement? By family, I mean something that would include bold and extra bold for use in headings.

   
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Can you suggest something for an Arial family replacement? By family, I mean something that would include bold and extra bold for use in headings.
The first one that comes to mind from the Corel Bitstream collection is Humanist 777 (a Frutiger clone), which has upright and oblique variants in light, regular, bold, and black weight . The letter forms were designed for easy recognition on signage, so I would guess that they'd scan and fax well. I've never used Charter and Humanist 777 together, but my first impression isn't bad. I'm not sure, however, I'd use a contrasting sans with Charter in a resume. Charter Black, which is the style linked to the regular weight, is very bold, and there is an additional bold weight between regular and black. You can get a lot of contrast without changing fonts.
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Old 07-02-2006, 09:09 AM   #5
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For résumé writing, I need some font alternatives to Times New Roman and Arial. Recommendations would be appreciated.
There are no fewer than 10,000 alternatives to these over- and inappropriately used fonts. Probably more like 50,000.

So can you give us an idea of what sort of image you want to project.

How will the résume be distributed — by mail or by fax?

How will it be printed — on a laser or inkjet printer (and which?) or actually printed at a printshop (ink on paper)?

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Also, to augment my library of text fonts, if there is a list of new "top twenty" or "must have" serif and sans serif fonts, I would appreciate a pointer to that resource.
There is really no such list, especially today, as font technology is changing again. Font companies are moving to OpenType, and you have to decide where you should also. (The old formats (PostScript Type 1 and plain old TrueType) still work, of course.)

Aside from that, the list of favorites would vary: Book publishers would have a different list than magazine publishers or ad agencies. Business people do not need many fonts — perhaps just one serif and one sans family. Some come in married pairs, which have the advantage of being harmonious with each other.

One good example of this kind of pairing is ITC Stone Serif and Sans by Sumner Stone. Another set is made up of fonts with different names but all meant to be used together: Demos (serif roman and italic), Praxis (sans roman), and Flora (sans italic), all by Gerard Unger.

I also like Legacy Sans and Serif but they are kind of refined and bookish for business use.

   
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Old 07-02-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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Kathleen,

> How will the résume be distributed — by mail or by fax?

Both and sent electronically as a PDF file.

> How will it be printed — on a laser or inkjet printer (and
> which?) or actually printed at a printshop (ink on paper)?

Printed on a laser printer, b&w only, 600 dpi.

Everybody uses Arial and TNR, which to make my résumé
more of a standout, I wish to opt for something more eye grabbing. That includes some striking formats, which I have been finding in books. See one example attached.
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Old 07-02-2006, 03:14 PM   #7
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RJ:

You've probably got Bitstream's Humanist 521, which in its undigitized (and copyright) form is known as Gill Sans. Gill probably didn't cover the range of weights as far as Ultra Bold, which Humanist 521 reaches, but it's not a bad sans serif typeface and should cover your need for headline fonts as well as text font. It has been, I think, more popular over the years in the UK than in USA, but it's not too common.

I don't know how Humanist 521 compares with Gill Sans MT, but I bet KT does.

   
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I wish to opt for something more eye grabbing. That includes some striking formats, which I have been finding in books.
That is quite unusual, and it certainly would stand out on most desks.

But I wonder how far you dare go with a resume. That example looks more like an ad — suggesting commercial formatting, maybe — than like a typical resume.

It does have information in the right order: That is, a summary of the candidate’s strengths, followed by job detail, and (I assume) ending with educational and professional qualifications.

But the unimportant stuff — headings — are prominent. The useful detail is in tiny type below.

But the black border, shadow boxes, many rules, and over-use of bold type might put people off. And excessive use of all caps, and crammed-together (unleaded-looking) text all make the text hard to read.

My husband, an engineer, once visited a job-change counselor who helped hiim with his resume. The result was clean, linear — so the reader would have nothing in the way of the flow of reading — with emphasis used to point the way to substance, the substance that helped Jack make his point.

He also used to screen resumes of job candidates. He thought your example looked like a menu. Probably not a good association for a technical job!

Something to think about, anyway.

   
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I share KT's views on the resumé format you posted. I nearly posted yesterday but wanted to see if I was alone.

My first reaction -- and athough I'm interested in type and have printed back in the old-fashioned days of having to mind my p's and q's <g> I'm not a professional designer -- was that it looked like a poorly designed flyer from our local free newspaper.

It's far too complicated and difficult to read or even to find the main points.

Speaking as a former employer I would have pitched that and said not the kind of person I'd want on my staff.

Go for simplicity with enough white space not to fatigue the eyes.

There are techniques to produce good resumés (including using the accented é so that I don't have to stop myself from saying resume what? <s>)

Please don't take offense at my bluntness.

   
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I also like Legacy Sans and Serif (very poor screen image, but complete) but they are kind of refined and bookish for business use.
A developer is using Legacy Sans as an identity font for a large condo conversion project in my neighborhood. The signage exudes class.

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