Advanced two-column LaTeX CV Template | Part 2 + TeX Source

by Alessandro

In this part we will cover the following:

1. Splitting the document with vertically aligned minipages;

2. Designing the Work Experience and Education Section;

The first part of this tutorial is to be found at this post.

Just for a quick recap, this is what we want to achieve as our final result


After the title, whose code we have seen in the previous post, we are going to setup the document so that the it is nicely divided into two columns.

In order to achieve that with the maximum flexibility, we will make us of minipages, that is, the minipage environment.

You can find more information on this environment at the following link.

I apologize in advance for the indenting, but the code highlighter is kinda funky.

The left-hand side column

We start the left hand side column with the following code:

\begin{minipage}[t]{0.5\textwidth} %START of left-hand side minipage

The previous code means creating a minipage, i.e. a page within the page, whose vertical alignment is t = top (where other possible choices in the standard non-generalized minipage environment can be b = bottom and c = center).

Moreover, the page width equals 0.5 times the textwidth, which is not the same as the paperwidth!

Now a little trick which will make things easier for the alignment of the two minipages:


now the reason for this is not 100% clear to me, so I will redirect you to page 25 of the [PDF] epslatex package documentation.

And now the easy stuff: Section Headers, Dates of Employment, Company, Position, a Description of your daily activities…if you’re not sure about how to structure the document, you can refer to this post.

The code for this is pretty straightforward:


\section{Work Experience}



\emph{Current}, from \textsc{Jan 2009}\par
\raggedright\large Trader at \textsc{Enoi} s.p.a., Milan\\
\emph{Physical Natural Gas Trading}\\[5pt]

\normalsize{Provided analysis of spreads, in particular time and location spreads,
with emphasis on trading opportunities on the curve,
also taking into account the availability of storage facilities.
Became familiar with logistic implications of physical
gas trading and developed knowledge of
continental virtual hubs for gas exchange.

After listing here a few of your work-related experience, you should consider putting here some more interesting stuff which requires a little more than a single line, for example your participation to conferences, the awards and scholarships you received, or international certificates and qualifications you might have.

\section{International Certificates and Awards}
\raggedleft{\textsc{Sep 2006}}\par\raggedright
Scholarship for graduate students with an outstanding curriculum (\euro\  30,000)\normalsize\\[3pt]\raggedleft{\textsc{Jun 2006}}\par\raggedright

\textsc{Gmat}\textregistered: 730 (\textsc{q:50;v:39}) 96\textsuperscript{th} percentile\\ \textsc{awa}: 6.0/6.0 (89\textsuperscript{th} percentile)\\[10pt]
\section{\textsc{Computer Skills}}
Basic Knowledge: & \textsc{php}, my\textsc{sql}, \textsc{html}, Access\\
& \textsc{Linux}, ubuntu, {\LaTeX}\\
& \\
Intermediate Knowledge: & \textsc{Vba}, Excel, Word, PowerPoint\\

and we are done with the left-hand side column

\end{minipage} %END of left-hand side minipage

The right-hand side column

Just like the first minipage, the second is obtained with the following command:

\begin{minipage}[t]{0.44\textwidth} %START of right-hand side minipage\vspace{0pt} %trick for alignment

notice the \hfill command which puts the minipages as far as possible in the text width. This wouldn’t make sense if the minipages where 50% of the width each, but please notice as well that the right hand side column is slightly smaller, which makes the document look a little more stylish.

It also helps giving more focus on the work experience part, that is, the left hand side minipage.

As for the right hand side section, remember to keep it simple and short, otherwise the content will flow out of the margin, resulting in the common warning of “overfull box”.

The “contact” box

The contact box is the box at the top right of the minipage, with the nicely colored background.

Contact Form

Contact Form

How do we obtain this? The package xcolor and color will give us a hand…
Also, the symbols need a little bit of tweaking as well.
This is the code to produce the box:

& Born in Wonderland, Italy July 3, 1912 \\
\raisebox{-3pt}{\Phone}  & +39 123 456789\\
\raisebox{-3pt}{\Envelope} &\href{}

The \Phone and \Envelope symbols are provided by the bbding package, which we loaded at the beginning of the document.

A little tweaking is required to the vertical alignment of the symbols via the \raisebox command, although I am not sure as to the reason why this happens.
The next section is very easy to obtain, so I won’t go into the details of its typesetting.
This is the code:

\textsc{July} 2008 & Master of Science in \textsc{Finance}\\
& \textbf{Bocconi University}, Milan\\
& 110/110 \small\emph{summa cum laude}\\
& Major: Quantitative Finance\\
&\normalsize \textsc{Gpa}: 28.61/30\\

\textsc{July} 2006 & Undergraduate Degree in\\
& \textsc{Law} and \textsc{Business Administration}\\
& \textbf{Bocconi University}, Milan\\
&110/110 \small\emph{summa cum laude}\\
&\normalsize \textsc{Gpa}: 29.85/30\\

\textsc{Fall} 2005& Exchange Semester at \\
& \textbf{University of Southern California} \\
&Los Angeles\\

\textsc{July} 2003& \textbf{Liceo Classico ``E. Duni''}\\
& Matera\\
& Final Grade: 100/100\end{tabular}\\[10pt]

and this is the result:


That’s all for this document.

If you so wish, you can view the text source of the document online at this link.

Alternatively, feel free to download the source and the pdf of the finished document below

XeLaTeX Source

XeLaTeX Source

PDF Output

PDF Output

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