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: