Is a 10-Point Font Too Small For An Australian Resume?

Details do matter.

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Irene McConnell
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June 9, 2022

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Most likely. But there are some exceptions to the rule. Font sizes vary from font to font. Some fonts in 10-point size are the equivalent of other fonts in 11.5 points.

To put it into font nerd language, fonts at the same point size can have different X-heights and cap heights.

This is why, before you ask “is a 10-point font too small for an Australian resume?“, you need to choose your font type.

It just so happens that I wrote a comprehensive guide to choosing the right font for Australian resumes.

Assuming your font type is locked in, let’s help you pick the right size.

Best Font Sizes For An Australian Resume.

Below is an Australian resume example that uses font sizes and types that I recommend.

  • Your Name: 32 points, Arial Nova, bold
  • Your Title: 13 points, Arial Nova, bold
  • Resume Heading: 20 points, Calibri, all caps
  • Resume Body: 11 points, Calibri

I recommend that you dial those font sizes into your resume. Feel free to experiment with them, but aim to not deviate by more than 10% from the sizes above.

Expert Tip.

You can use font size to make micro-adjustments to the length of your resume. For example, if your Key Assets sections is awkwardly spilling from the 1st page to the 2nd, decrease the font size by 0.5 points and see if that improves alignment without making the text appear dense.

How Much Does Font Size Matter, Really?

If your font is too small, hiring managers will find your resume too hard to read. If it’s too large, your resume will look unprofessional and unnecessarily long.

Ultimately, it’s the strength of your experience and your ability to sell yourself during job interviews that get you the job offer.

That said, Australian employers value attention to detail, and using the right font size is one way of demonstrating that you have it dialled in.

Once you choose the right font size, read these guides to make sure your resume helps you land a role in the Australian job market:

– Irene

P.S. Do you have a question about font sizes? Leave it in the comments below. Let’s start a conversation!

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