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A curriculum vitæ or résumé has a universal requirement: its formatting must be flawless. This is a great example of cases where the power of LaTeX comes to the front. Thanks to its strong typographical stance, LaTeX is definitely a document processor of choice to write a CV.

Of course you can design your own CV by hand. Otherwise, you may want to use a dedicated class for that task. This way, writing a CV in LaTeX is as simple as filling the forms, and you are done. The important thing to mention is that a class or package not only defines the syntax of the form to be filled out, but also the layout. While filling out a form is very easy, changing a layout that is supposed to be fixed, is extremely hard. Best results will be achieved when doing a CV from scratch, using list environments and tabulars.

⇒ Be aware of res.cls which is still used by some people. It is a very old class, that is nearly impossible to customize. Only very experienced users should use res.cls. ⇐

A full list of CV packages is available at CTAN.


\documentclass[utf8, a4paper, 10pt, helvetica, narrow, flagWB, booktabs, totpages, english]{europecv}
\usepackage{graphicx}                        % Required to draw the flag
\usepackage[a4paper, left=3cm, right=2cm, top=2cm, bottom=2cm]{geometry} 

% Commands europecv

\ecvLogoWidth{12mm}		             % Size logo europass
%\ecvLeftColumnWidth{4cm}		     % Size of column and vertical line (different from standard)
%\ecvfootnote{footnote}	             % Foot notes
\ecvname{\textsc{Surname}, First Name}

% Personal picture

\ecvpicture[height=1in]{namefile_pic}   % File picture without extension                 
\ecvafterpicture{\ecvspace{-2.5cm} }

% Address

\ecvaddress{Address first line\\& Address second line\\& City, State}

% Telephone 

\ecvtelephone{+44 (0) 123 4567}
%\ecvfax{+39 01234567}


% Other personal info



% Begin europecv environment


\ecvpersonalinfo		% Print personal info in preamble

\ecvitem{}{}		% 1 free line - \ecvitem{}{} adds elements to a section
%\ecvsection{}		% \ecvsection{} adds sections

\ecvitem{\large\textbf{Desired employment / Occupational field} }{\Large\textbf{Dream job} }  % desired job

% Sections

% School

\ecvsection{Education and training}

\ecvitem{Dates}{From September 1900 to August 1905}\\
\ecvitem{Title of qualification awarded}{Name of the\\& degree}\\
\ecvitem{Principal subjects/occupational skills covered}{Learned skills}\\
\ecvitem{Name and type of organisation providing education and training}{My University\\&
City\\& Nation\\&
Post code\\&
Tel. +44 (0) 123 45678 23}\\
\ecvitem{Level in national or international classification}{Level of degree}\\


% Single course

\ecvitem{Dates}{August 2013}
\ecvitem{Title of qualification awarded}{Name of certification}
\ecvitem{Principal subjects/occupational skills covered}{Skills of certification}
\ecvitem{Name and type of organisation providing education and training}{Institution}\\

% Last working experience

\ecvsection{Work Experience}
\ecvitem{Dates}{From June 1957 to February 1987}\\
\ecvitem{Occupation or position held}{Name of the job}\\
\ecvitem{Main activities and responsibilities}{Activities during \\& this job}
\ecvitem{Name and address of employer}{Name of employer\\&
Employer address\\&
Second line\\& City\\& Nation\\&
Tel. +39 (0) 1234 5678}\\
\ecvitem{Type of business or sector}{Business}\\

% Volunteer experiences

\ecvsection{Volunteer Experience}

\ecvitem{Dates}{From August 2000 to present}\\
\ecvitem{Occupation or position held}{First Aider}\\
\ecvitem{Main activities and responsibilities}{Activities}
\ecvitem{Name and address of employer}{Name\\&
City\\& Post code\\&
Tel. +44 (0) 1234 7654}\\
\ecvitem{Type of business or sector}{Business}\\

% Personal competences

\ecvsection{Personal skills and competences}

% Lenguages

% Mothertongue

\ecvmothertongue[10pt]{Italian}\\		% 10pt leave a one-char line space before the text

% Table for common lenguage evaluation

\ecvlanguage{English}{\ecvCOne}{\ecvCOne}{\ecvCOne}{\ecvCOne}{\ecvCOne}	         % second language and levels
      % Language levels A1 - A2 - B1 - B2 - C1 - C2 from basic to advanced.
      % in this package are \ecv + A, B or C and the sub-level in letters (One or Two)
\ecvlanguage{French}{\ecvBTwo}{\ecvBTwo}{\ecvBTwo}{\ecvBTwo}{\ecvBTwo}       % third
\ecvlastlanguage{Russian}{\ecvAOne}{\ecvATwo}{\ecvBOne}{\ecvCTwo}{\ecvBTwo} 	% last language


% Social skills

\ecvitem{Social skills and competences}{- First social skill;\\& - Second social skill}\\

% Technical skills

\ecvitem{Technical skills and competences}{- First technical skill;\\& - Second technical skill}\\

% Computer skills

\ecvitem{Computer skills and competences}{- First skill;\\& - Second}\\

% Other skills

\ecvitem{Other skills and competences}{- First otherskill}\\

% Driving Licence

\ecvitem{Driving licence(s)}{Category and Type}\\

% Annexes

\ecvitem{}{On request:}
\ecvitem{}{Birth certificate}
\ecvitem{}{Driving licence}
\ecvitem{}{Criminal record certificate}
\ecvitem{}{University study plan}

% Disclaimer

\ecvitem{}{This informations may be used for all purposes permitted by law and under the Data Protection Act 1998.\\&
Autorizzo l'utilizzo dei dati personali contenuti nel presente curriculum ai sensi del D.Lgs. 196/2003 e s.m.i. (Codice in materia di protezione dei dati personali)}



From CTAN:

Moderncv pro­vides a doc­u­ment­class for type­set­ting mod­ern cur­ricu­lums vi­tae, both in a clas­sic and in a ca­sual style. It is fairly cus­tomiz­able, al­low­ing you to de­fine your own style by chang­ing the colours, the fonts, etc.

The official package provides some well commented templates which may be a good start. You can find those templates in your distribution (if documentation is installed along packages) or ultimately on CTAN.

We will not repeat the templates here, so we will only provide a crash course. You should really have a look at the templates for more details.

First document[edit]

Most commands are self-explanatory.


%% ModernCV themes

%% Character encoding

%% Adjust the page margins

%% Personal data
\title{Resumé title (optional)} 
\address{street and number}{postcode city} 
\extrainfo{additional information} 
\quote{Some quote (optional)}

%% Content

\cventry{year--year}{Degree}{Institution}{City}{ \textit{Grade} }{Description}  % arguments 3 to 6 can be left empty
\cvitem{title}{ \emph{Title} }
\cvitemwithcomment{Language 1}{Skill level}{Comment}
\cvdoubleitem{category X}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}{category Y}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}
\cvlistitem{Item 1}
\cvlistdoubleitem{Item 2}{Item 3}
%% ...

%% A publications list
\bibliography{publications} % a bibtex file containing the list of publications


Theme previews[edit]

Multilingual support[edit]

It is especially convenient for résumés to have only one document for several output languages, since many parts are shared among versions (personal data, structure, etc.).

LaTeX with appropriate macros provide a comfortable way to manage it. See Internationalization.


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