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Im looking to become a UNIX admin and wanted to seek the community's opinion on what is the best font one should use for such a position.

Also if I have projects should I categorize them on my resume between academic and personal.

If you wouldn't mind taking a look at my resume, send me a email at server422@gmail.com, id greatly appreciate even your brief insight.

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Green Size 10 Monospace on Black Paper. –  Kyle Brandt Nov 21 '09 at 20:59
@Kyle, I really like the Glass TTY VT220 font for this: sensi.org/~svo/glasstty –  Suppressingfire Nov 21 '09 at 21:31
Answer: Comic Sans FTW –  duffbeer703 Nov 22 '09 at 15:47

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If a job application's success for a sysadmin position rests on what font you use, you really don't want the job. As long as it's legible and of a reasonable size, there should be no issue.

For the record, my resume goes out in plain ASCII text. None of the companies I've applied for in the past five years or so has had a problem there (including one really big company, and one "becoming big" company).

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Yeah, just don't use Comic Sans. It kills puppies. –  Martijn Heemels Nov 21 '09 at 21:00
If I got a resume written in Comic Sans, but with LaTeX formatting (you really can tell), I'd almost hire immediately based on "sense of humour" and "has the technical chops to shoehorn a TTF font into TeX". –  womble Nov 21 '09 at 21:41
Does your resume also contain your picture in ASCII? :-) –  Anonymous Nov 21 '09 at 23:06
@Anon: s/font you use/you look like/ –  womble Nov 21 '09 at 23:36

As mentioned in other answers, Monospace is good, plain text is fine. Comic Sans is silly, and embedding media is ridiculous (unless you're a graphics/media person, in which case you should have a showcase, not a CV).

Being in a position where I go through many CVs, and only for technical positions, I can honestly say that despite my logical assumptions to the contrary, presentation is always equal to content.

By which I mean, sure I scan the CV's for relevant technical or soft skills required by the initial JD, but if the presentation of even the best content is sloppy, I have to wonder at the attention to detail this applicant will bring to the job.

And the font face itself, though an important aspect, is only one aspect of presentation. IMHO, you need to look at layout, including but not limited to alignment, line and character spacing, indentation and separation.

The little bit of extra effort in taking a few hours to lay out your CV contents in an orderly, easy-to-read and most-searched-for-bits-where-they-can-be-readily-identified fashion will be well worth it in the end. You'll be surprised the doors it can open, if not into a specific field or company, but definitely into the minds and good graces of those whose function it is to remember those applicants that stand out and recommend them for future openings.

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Personally, I like getting .odt, .txt and .pdf files and for them, I don't think the font matters. CV's that were written using Latex add to the cool factor (because you can usually tell by the way they look in font and layout), but they end up as PDF's anyway.

Just don't send .doc or .docx files. That's killing.

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Or just fake the LaTeX look by installing computer modern TTF fonts and using them in OOo: ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/ttf –  Suppressingfire Nov 21 '09 at 21:33
If you're going to go to enough work to exactly imitate LaTeX's layout and formatting (it is noticably different to OOo's, even if you use the same fonts), then surely you'd just suck it up and use LaTeX? –  womble Nov 21 '09 at 21:42
Are you saying that there actually are people who do not write their Résumés in LaTeX? –  Mikael Auno Nov 22 '09 at 2:36

Regardless of all the geekness I like in my daily life, I like my resume to look clean and simple. The less work needed to read a resume while still containing a high information content is key to me.

I am personally fond of sans serif fonts (like Bitstream Vera Sans) simply because of its clean look.

Remember that not everyone who sees a resume, even for a technical position, is a sysadmin. Often HR gets a gander, and the more appealing you are to them, the better off you may be.

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In my experience, if HR is doing anything other than a mechanical filtering process, it's another job you want nothing to do with. –  womble Nov 21 '09 at 23:38

I use Tahoma, since it's open and available in OOo. Files usually sent out in rtf format, for cross platform-ness

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LaTeX is a plus... If it's Word/PDF, I've relied on Garamond at 10 or 11 point.

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