Apply in writing - but not pink

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 September, 2005, 12:00am

So what is the key to getting a job? Qualifications, work experience or a nice presentation? It now seems that the first hurdle a job seeker needs to go through is choosing the right font for your cover letter.

A consumer-electronics company in Britain recently conducted a survey on e-mailing habits and found two-thirds of employers will not consider a candidate if they receive a CV typed in a font they don't like. One of the biggest faux pas people make when it comes to fonts is writing in capital letters. And a staggering 80 per cent think it's inappropriate to use elaborate fonts in work e-mails. Half of the 3,000 respondents say they would judge someone on the typeface they use and it would infuriate them if they received a professional e-mail written in pink calligraphy. They also can't bear people who put kisses on work e-mails.

And the most socially acceptable typeface is Arial, 12-point in black. It's just so boring.