Resume, Webpage and More

I am in the process of applying to universities, like I mentioned in one of my earlier posts.

Thus, earlier this week, it suddenly struck me that I didn’t have a Resume. So far I have had to prepare a Resume only once, and that was when I interviewed for the IBM Extreme Blue Internship. And even at that time, I didn’t made it myself. I edited the one made by Thamie, that too when half an hour was left before the Resumes had to be sent to IBM!

Anyway, that’s a story for another day.

Thus, since then I never had a up-to-date Resume at hand. Never felt the need for one.

So, earlier this week, I thought of making one, using LATEX.

Now, this is one mark-up language, I used only for writing papers and technical reports (Yeah, my previous Resume, it was made using M$-Word).

The result of my effort however, was outrageously bad. Any word doc would have easily put this Resume to shame. Thus, looking around, and found this excellent guide to writing Resumes in LATEX.

When I tried it out, the Resume came out good, except for a couple of places, where I wanted the formatting to look a bit different. At this point, I must admit, I was not (and am still not one!) an expert when it came to LATEX. I had never used environments other than simple tables, equations, and figures. So, when I looked at this class file and found so many new environments, all of them custom made for Resume writing, I was overwhelmed.

I thought, may be I should tweak a few things here and there, and I will get the formatting right. But the results were worse than my first attempt.

Hence, having no other option (No, I didn’t want to use M$-Word or OpenOffice for this), I decided to learn how to write new environments , and write out a simple LATEX template, which could be understood and customized with ease.

After a night out, the final product was something that met my expectation.

At two pages, this is what it looks like:

So, if you are interested in getting a shiny new Resume for yourself, you don’t have to look any further.

The LATEX template is available here.
Your new Resume will look like this.
And, those interested in viewing the template on their browser, click here.


About gautshen

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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6 Responses to Resume, Webpage and More

  1. Sindhu says:

    uhm lyx?

  2. randomwalker says:

    @sindhuGood point. Why not use one of the available WYSIWYG or WYSIWYM LaTeX Editors. Well, in my opion, one loses the flexibility and control over the document when one uses one of these editors.Though I haven’t used it extensively, I have used LyX once in the past, and I didn’t like it because I felt it didn’t offer me enough control. So every time, I was done typing, I had to export it to .tex and add the additional formatting myself.Also, I am not sure, if LyX allows one to create new environments/commands and reuse them, rather individually formatting every single instance of some construct. When the programming capabilities are available, why not avail them? Nei?

  3. Sandeep S says:

    Hi Gautam,

    Nice post and thanks for the template. Check out this online LaTeX editor and compiler: Its pretty handy and somewhat like google docs.

  4. ego says:

    @Sandeep S
    Glad you liked it. I use vim for pretty much everything, and kile in case of LaTeX, when I am lazy. Will try out your suggestion.

    • S P Suresh says:

      Sir, of course it’s many years hence, and you must have progressed a lot. But I hope you are using latex-suite on vim nowadays. 🙂 Or have you gone over to the dark side? 😛

  5. Rajeesh says:

    Thanks for the neatly formatted template.

    I tried to align the horizontal line appearing at the head and failed miserably. Any luck fixing that?

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