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[O] CV, org-mode, and pdf

From: Dan Griswold
Subject: [O] CV, org-mode, and pdf
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:31:57 -0400

Dear org-mode community,

A year ago, there was a thread here, started by Rainer Krug,  on using org-mode to produce nice looking CVs.

I had contributed once to that thread, offering a broken example of what I do. Then I dropped out of sight.

Now I'm finally getting around to filling in the blanks, should anyone still be interested.

There are two pieces to my solution: first, setting up org-mode with a new latex class, "cv"; and then including certain lines at the top of the org file that contains the CV.

Here's are some elisp commands that will effect the first step:

(require 'ox-latex)
(add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
             '("cv" "\\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\\renewcommand*\\oldstylenums[1]{{\\fontfamily{fxlj}\\selectfont #1}}"
               ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}"))
(customize-variable 'org-latex-classes)

then save the customization.

And here's what I include at the top of my cv.org:

#+OPTIONS: author:nil timestamp:nil
#+LaTeX_CLASS: cv

  \bfseries\Large Curriculum Vitae\hfill Daniel M. Griswold\normalfont

  69 Stratton Road\\
  Rochester, NY 14610\\
  (585) xxx-xxxx\\

Within the org file, I use top level headings (single bullet) for major sections, such as:

* Education

* Areas of Specialization

* Areas of Competence

* Employment History

* Publications

* Honors and Awards

and then within each of those sections I use unordered lists for the relevant details, such as

* Education
  - Ph. D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 2010
  - M. Div., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, 1991
  - A. B., Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 1986

With all this in place, I export to pdf and end up with something like the attached pdf.

I really like managing my CV this way. It's very easy to keep track of what's what and to move things around.

I hope this helps someone who is still looking for a way to manage CVs in org.


Dan Griswold
Rochester, NY

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