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Now for something different — LaTeX resume template

I’ve been a fan of \LaTeX since a friend of mine introduced me to it a couple of years ago. It’s a blessing and a curse that I didn’t know about it when I was writing my thesis. A blessing, because I would’ve just dicked around with it instead of writing, and a curse because it’s so much more straightforward and cleaner than any MS Word document. Let’s just say that Word gave me a lot of grief back then. (Line spacing in footnotes anyone?)

I write all my drafts or texts in Multimarkdown by now, but the final polishing happens in \LaTeX. If you compare a MMD -> pdf export with a \LaTeX compiled .pdf you’ll see what I mean. However, MMD does a pretty decent \LaTeX export, that you can just plug into your template, fine-tune, and off you go.

And it’s great for putting a resume together, not the least because you can blank out parts of it with “%”, which retains your ‘master document’ while compiling a different resume for different job applications.

While there are a ton of templates available on the internet, some of them very pretty, I decided to put my own together. See, I’m by no means a \LaTeX wizard and with some of the templates I have no idea why they do what they do and how they do it. Granted, that can all be figured out and I did learn a bunch by going through the code and trying different things, but it’s nice to write one more or less from scratch and know exactly what command does what.

Depending on how much stuff you put in, you need to add manual page breaks (/newpage) to make it look nice. And the only thing I couldn’t figure out was how to remove page numbers in the footer using the fancyhdr package. If you have any idea, let me know and I’ll put it in.

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}
\usepackage{geometry} % see geometry.pdf on how to lay out the page. There's lots.
\geometry{letterpaper} % or letter or a5paper or ... etc
\geometry{top=2cm, bottom=2cm, right=3cm, left=3cm}
\usepackage{palatino} % or whatever font you want
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\setlength{\headheight}{15.5pt}
\pagestyle{fancy}

\lhead{Your Name (cont.)}
\rhead{\thepage}
\lfoot{}
\cfoot{}
\rfoot{}

\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}

\title{\large Your Name}

%%% BEGIN DOCUMENT
\begin{document}

\maketitle

Your Street \hfill (123) 456--7890 \\
Your City, Postal Code \hfill your.name@email.com

\section*{\large Education}

\textbf{YEAR} \emph{Degree, University}
\begin{itemize}
	\item{GPA}
\end{itemize}

\begin{center}\rule{3in}{0.4pt}\end{center}

\section*{\large Skills}

Skill 1, Skill 2, Skill 3, etc.
\begin{center}\rule{3in}{0.4pt}\end{center}

\section*{\large Professional Experience}

\section*{Most Recent Company}

\textbf{Start - Finish} \emph{Job Title}

\begin{itemize}
	\item Duty 1
	\item Duty 2
	\item Duty 3
	\item etc.
\end{itemize}

\section*{Second Most Recent Company}

\textbf{Start - Finish} \emph{Job Title}

\begin{itemize}
	\item Duty 1
	\item Duty 2
	\item Duty 3
	\item etc.
\end{itemize}

\begin{center}\rule{3in}{0.4pt}\end{center}

\section*{\large Volunteer Experience \& Internships}

\section*{Most Recent Company}

\textbf{Start - Finish} \emph{Job Title}

\begin{itemize}
	\item Duty 1
	\item Duty 2
	\item Duty 3
	\item etc.
\end{itemize}

\section*{Trainings \& Workshops attended}

\textbf{Date} Title \\ \textbf{Date} Title \\\textbf{Date} Title \\ \textbf{Date} Title

\begin{center}\rule{3in}{0.4pt}\end{center}

\section*{Talks \& Presentations}

\textbf{Date} \emph{Title.} (Location/Event)

\begin{center}\rule{3in}{0.4pt}\end{center}

\section*{Publications}

Lastname, Firstname. \emph{Title of the Book}. New York: Penguin, 2006. \\ % Book
Lastname, Firstname. ``Title of Article.'' \emph{Journal Title} 104 (2009): 439-58. % Journal Article

% In case you need a 'Publications' part I've put some pre-formatted book & article citations in here (based on the Chicago Manual of Style), but you can easily format them to whatever format is required for your field. If you are feeling really nerdy, you can input these through BibTex.

\end{document}
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