Ever wondered why all you ever seem to attract in the midst of a job-hunt is a series of rejection letters? We've all been there. But new information today MIGHT just be able to shed a bit of light on where we've been going wrong.
It's all in the font, you see.
And the worst offender for a CV is...drum roll...Times New Roman.
I know right? Who'd have thought it? How could that old failsafe, the one you opt for when you want to look serious if not mildly conformist, be betraying you so?
You'll be rightfully wondering why it's such a job-seeker's crime to use Times New Roman, and thankfully we've got some answers. Well, Brian Hoff of Brian Hoff Design does, anyway.
Speaking to Bloomberg, he likened using Times New Roman to wearing sweatpants to an interview. Ouch, that bad?
"It's telegraphing that you didn't put any thought into the typeface that you selected," he wisely informs us. "It's like putting on sweatpants."
So if TNR is such a ruddy crime, then what are we meant to use? Well, Heveltica, apparently.
"Helvetica is so no-fuss," says Hoff. "It doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest. Helvetica is safe."
And we pretty much want to be all those things.
Except maybe not "safe." But don't let that put you off, because another in-the-know design guy, Matt Luckhurst, the creative director of brand consultancy 'Collins,' has even gone to the lengths of calling it "beautiful."
"There is only one Helvetica," he gushed. And then promptly asked it out on a date.
If we're being honest, we actually reckon there are loads more fonts which are worse offenders than boring old Times New Roman. Comic Sans, for starters, should only ever be accessible to those under the age of 12.
But maybe that's just us.
BRB, just changing my CV to Heveltica.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.