What Is White Font and Can It Help My Resume?

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Many of my clients ask me if I think it is a good idea to use white fonting on their resume. White fonting is the practice of attempting to manipulate the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that many companies use to sort through mountains of resumes by placing keywords (the words that describe the applicant's skills and abilities) in the white spaces on the resume in a white font so they are not visible to the human eye but can be picked up by the ATS.

At first glance it seems like a clever idea and a great way to pack in those important keywords without compromising the visual appeal of the resume so you can get your resume to the top of the pile and in front of the eyes of the recruiter and hiring manager with greater frequency. But the experts agree that the downsides of this practice far outweigh the benefits. Here's why.