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Appropriate font and font size for your application

The choice of font size and font in the application always raises questions. Cover letter and résumé should not only convince professionally, but also line by line visually. We explain to you what to look for when choosing the font size and font in your application in order to make a good first impression.

“You can recognize the author from the script,” remarked the German poet prince Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is no different for the applicant whose cover letter for an application establishes the first contact with a company. Although people no longer write with a quill pen, and some HR professionals looking for STEM and IT specialists forgive certain visual outliers, the choice of font and font size, of course always based on the DIN 5008 standard, in the cover letter and resume be considered.

Graphic artists advise in their application not to use any font smaller than 10 points (Pt.). A font size of 12 pt. Is usual for the font Times Newnovel leads to a respectable result. The fontArial is usually in font size 11 pt. used. Other fonts for your cover letter are for example Bookman Old Style, Calibri, Cambria, Garamond, Georgia and Verdana.

Tip from our in-house graphic designer:
"I advise on how to apply more fancy fonts Comic sans, from. Laypeople too often go to extremes when choosing the font, and nuances such as ligatures or changed spacing are sufficient to give the cover letter a completely new character. "

In principle, you can apply for a Font with serifs or one sans serif font decide. People subconsciously associate certain character traits with microtypography: Fonts with serifs, such as Times New Roman, are particularly legible - but also somewhat conservative. Sans serif fonts like Arial look modern - but also technical and cold. Consider a single letter in 60 pt. How does it work? Letter image on them? How strong are Preparation and Post width defined? What does writing do for the HR manager?

If the application is for an employer in a technical sector, a reduced font could be the perfect choice for the cover letter. As a humanities scholar, however, you could score points in your application with a more complex font that may refer to classic typographies.

Tip from the author:
Whichever font you want to use in the application: You should not mix the different fonts within a body text. Decide on a font and a standard size.

You can vary the font size or style to highlight your own name in the letterhead of the cover letter or the headings in the resume. With a font size of 11 pt. In the running text it is advisable to include headings in 13 Pt. to represent. Correspondingly, a font in 10 pt. a heading in 12 Pt. and from a writing in 12 Pt. a heading in 14 Pt. sufficient. Small caps (Capital letters) and the possibility of bold, spacing or other centering of specific text sections expand the typographical design of the application.

The layman mostly forgets that it is next to the Microtype graphics (or: detailed typography) also one Macro typography gives. Do not leave your text processing the choice of the type area, the line width and the word separation. Larger line spacing by a factor of 1.2 to 1.5 or spacing can increase the legibility of your cover letter.

Risk averse or experimental? Or maybe even the one that the HR manager trusted House font the company? When preparing your cover letter, allow a little time for design aspects, but do not overdo it. Or as the poet prince once said: "The connoisseur should appreciate what is simply beautiful. Ornate things appeal to the crowd."

By Björn Thomsen