I consider LaTeX resumes to be a secret handshake of sorts, something that makes me significantly more likely to be inclined to hire a candidate.
—zackelan on HN
A boilerplate to ease the pain of building and maintaining a CV or résumé using LaTeX.
Separating presentation from content makes life easier. The typical content of a CV is a perfect fit for a YAML file due to its structured nature:
name: Friedrich Nietzsche
- Humboldtstraße 36
- 99425 Weimar
- years: 1879--1889
job: Freier Philisoph
- years: 1869–-1879
employer: Universität Basel
job: Professor für klassische Philologie
That makes super easy to update a CV while keeping a consistent structure.
Thanks to pandoc, we can then access our data from
template.tex using a special notation. Iterating on repetitive data structures becomes trivial:
LaTeX takes then care of the typesetting with its usual elegance. Below a preview of the final result. Check out the output to see the compiled PDF.
With this method, you can keep your entire CV encoded in a single YAML file, put it under version control (into a gist, for instance), and generate a PDF on the fly when needed. You can also easily export it to other formats, like HTML for web publishing (I've heard Jekyll likes YAML). Convenient, portable and time-proof.
- LaTeX with the following extra packages:
- Pandoc, the universal document converter.
To install LaTeX on Mac OS X, I recommend getting the smaller version BasicTeX from here and installing the additional packages with
tlmgr afterwards. Same goes for Linux: install
texlive-base with your package manager and add the needed additional packages later.
To install pandoc on Mac OS X, run
brew install pandoc. To install it on Linux, refer to the official docs.
details.ymlwith your personal details, work experience, education, and desired settings.
maketo compile the PDF.
- Tweak on
template.texuntil you're satisfied with the result.
Note: this template needs to be compiled with XeTeX.
Note for Windows users
Although I didn't test it, you can probably use this on Windows, too. Both Pandoc and LaTeX can be installed on Windows (I recommend MiKTeX for that) and you should be able to run makefiles on Windows through Cygwin. If that's too much hassle, this command should do the trick in Powershell:
pandoc details.yml -o output.pdf --template=template.tex --pdf-engine=xelatex
mainfont: Hoefler Text is the default, but every font installed on your system should work out of the box (thanks, XeTeX!)
fontsize: Possible values here are 10pt, 11pt and 12pt.
lang: Sets the main language through the
polyglossiapackage. This is important for proper hyphenation, among other things.
geometry: A string that sets the margins through
geometry. Read this to learn how this package works.
- Typesetting Automation, my article about this project with in-depth instructions and some suggestions for an ideal workflow.
- Why I do my résumé in LaTeX by Dan McGee
- What are the benefits of writing resumes in TeX/LaTeX? on TeX Stack Exchange
- Typesetting your academic CV in LaTeX by Dario Taraborelli
- Résumé advices from Butterick's Practical Typography
- Multichannel Text Processing by iA
- Why Microsoft Word must Die by Charlie Stross
- Word Processors: Stupid and Inefficient by Allin Cottrell
- Proprietary Binary Data Formats: Just Say No! by Sam Steingold
- Dimitrie Hoekstra takes automation to the next level thanks to GitLab's continuous integration feats
- Refer to pandoc's documentation to learn more about how templates work.
- If you're not familiar with the YAML syntax, here's a good overview.
- If you want to edit the template but LaTeX scares you, these docs put together by ShareLaTeX cover most of the basics and are surprisingly kind to the beginner.
- Odds are your question already has an answer on TeX Stack Exchange. Also, pretty friendly crowd in there.
- invoice-boilerplate — Simple automated LaTeX invoicing system
- letter-boilerplate — Typeset your important letters without leaving your text editor
This repository contains a modified version of Dario Taraborelli's cvtex template.
License: CC BY-SA 3.0