CV maintainance is one of these painful and repetitive tasks that you don't want to burn too much time on. For a while, I have been using latex with the excellent moderncv class, but the pdf format has annoying limitations:
- Seeing a pdf document in a browser is not as nice as seeing an html webpage;
- Human Resources usually prefer to work with word documents.
I thus decided to switch to the markdown syntax, and to generate various formats with pandoc. The code of my résumé now looks like this:
Cave Johnson ============ ---- > Science isn't about WHY. It's about WHY NOT! ---- Corporate Experience -------------------- 1940-1980 : *CEO of Aperture Science* (Upper Michigan, USA). Supervised the development of various gels, and of a Portable Quantum Tunneling Device. Hobbies ------- Interests : Refining moon rocks
The file can then be compiled in various formats. To obtain the html version:
pandoc --standalone --from markdown --to html -o index.html index.md
But the default ouptut is rather ugly. That is why I wrote a CSS to go with the html generated by pandoc. It is inspired by moderncv, and specially adapted for this use case. The command line becomes:
pandoc --standalone -c style.css --from markdown --to html -o index.html index.md
Now that you are at it, you can also generate a word document or even some plain text file. No need to build a new one in a hurry!
pandoc --from markdown --to docx -o index.docx index.md pandoc --standalone --smart --from markdown --to plain -o index.txt index.md