When did Times New Roman become popular

The best (and worst) fonts for your application

We don't want to be superficial, but every now and then it's true: the first impression counts. Especially in the context of an application portfolio, a strange layout, unsightly spelling errors or unimportant information can lead to the documents being sorted out - unless applicants shine through super important, extremely sought-after skills. Choosing an inappropriate font in the application documents can lead to a number of small and large errors.

The best fonts for an application: Garamond, Helvetica, Georgia and Co.

One of the best fonts for an application - Garamond. Not everyone should use the font in their everyday life. This is where it shows up because it is a great alternative to Times New Roman. Times New Roman is the most popular font - also for cover letters. However, if you want to avoid that your own application hardly differs optically from the others on the HR manager's desk, it is better to use Garamond. Helvetica certainly belongs to the nobility of fonts and has achieved great fame in our everyday lives. Various company logos such as that of BMW come suspiciously close Helvetica Monospaced Bold approach. And the New York subway also works with the font as part of the signage. Helvetica has a tidy and contemporary look that still comes across as professional. Georgia is another alternative to Times New Roman. This serif font is characterized by letter shapes with thicker lines that make it easier to read smaller font sizes. It also looks good on computer screens. So anyone who sends digital applications in the form of websites, blog posts or just PDF documents by email is definitely not wrong with Georgia. Cambria is a serif font that also works on computer monitors. As part of the "Clear Type Font" collection from Microsoft Office, it was even specially developed for it. However, the inventor of the font, Jelle Bosma, emphasizes that it was designed with the premise of becoming the new Time New Roman - and is therefore also suitable for paper. The sturdy construction and readability make Cambria a good choice for online and print products. Although Calibri the standard Word font since 2007, it is nowhere near as popular as Arial - which can be found on our don't-list. Calibri is sans serif, making it a nice alternative to Arial. If you use the font with font size 12, you can write a résumé with an optimal length of 500 to 750 words that stretches over two pages - which looks great. Gill Sans was developed in England in the 1920s. It is considered a simple sans serif font that is easy to read and is very popular, especially in the UK. The font can be found on MacOS and some Microsoft programs. Gill Sans became famous for her work in the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, which a British bookstore rediscovered and distributed.

The worst fonts for an application: Times, Arial, Courier and Co.

One of the worst fonts to use in an application - Times New Roman. Surprised? Well, actually not really. We already mentioned it above. Times New Roman is basically a great font. However, it is used too inflationarily for any documents that circulate in everyday life - also in the context of application letters. In short: "If you use Times New Roman in your CV, you can also go to the job interview in sweatpants!" If you want to break away, choose Garamond. over Arial we have already talked briefly above. The font is the sans serif brother of Times New Roman and is used at least as extensively. Anyone who uses Arial shows that they have hardly dealt with the formatting of the cover letter. Here, too, there are less popular alternatives that are recommended - Calibri, for example. Courier was developed to replicate a typewriter font and actually later became the standard on electric typewriters. The stupid thing is that you almost certainly didn't write your cover letter and résumé on a typewriter - so why pretend? In addition, Courier is a disproportionate font and therefore looks a bit unnatural - especially on full-text pages. Just in case you've been living in a cave on a deserted island in the South Pacific for the past few years and just haven't noticed: Comic sans does not work at all. No matter what it is about, avoid the font. It was developed in 1994 to replicate the speech bubble font in comic books. There - and really only there - Comic Sans makes sense. In general: Any font that comes across as "funny" or "playful" is unsuitable for the application portfolio. Impact is also one of the don’ts of fonts in application letters. Just because Impact is big and heavy doesn't mean it best reflects your confidence. The font was developed primarily for headlines in capital letters. Impact in the body text ensures that the entire cover letter becomes completely illegible. It doesn't matter whether we're talking about an online or print document. Please keep your hands off this, too. Futura became - like Gill Sans - also developed in the 1920s. The sans serif font comes from Germany. Although it is very clean and attractively designed, it has some flaws that disqualify it for cover letters. It has unusually large lowercase letters and a sharp contrast between sharp and round letters. It is therefore unsuitable for text-heavy documents. Editor: Andreas Weck

Note: This article was first published by our colleagues att3n, with whose kind permission we are also allowed to publish it here. t3n, the magazine and network for the digital future, illuminates current developments and trends in the digital economy and society online and in the quarterly print magazine.


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08.11.2018