An example CV in latex for people in ECE or CS

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November 1, 2018, updated July 23, 2019

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I have spent quite a long time looking for a good latex template for my CV. I have also spent a lot of time looking at CVs.

I used a latex CV class for a while, but was a little clunky, and I didn’t like it. Finally, I happened on Sourabh Bajaj’s resume template on Github – and I altered it. The result is a single .tex file, and it has sections so you can navigate to different parts of longer CVs. I’ve put it on Github.

Impressions after reading lots of CVs.

  • People put totally wild things on them: home addresses on public web versions, marital information, number of children, birthdate (seems to be a European phenomenon), race/ethnic information, personal hobbies that don’t relate to your work, you name it. Details on why this is strange in the USA.

  • There’s no standard on how to arrange the sections, so I put the harder things first (grants), easier things last (joining societies).

  • I added a date and page number to every page, so you don’t have to guess how old the CV in front of you is. In this example, there are two places where you need to change the date. Update 2019: you set the date with the \nowdate command, once.

  • There’s a couple of different standards on what to do with the journal and peer-reviewed conference paper sections. Some people use “J1”, etc. for the journal paper numbering, and then switch to “C1” for the conference paper number. I have done this before, and that option is present, but commented out in the .tex file. The current version continuously numbers the peer-reviewed publications using enumitem’s resume command.

  • What to put on your CV seems to be influenced by a mix of factors, including: 1) career stage (especially marital status, children, and race – which I see for more established people), 2) your academic field, and 3) your personal tastes of what is important.

  • I try to help the process of finding the work a little easier via links in the CV, and links to non-paywalled versions, when available.

  • Something I’ve noticed, and really like, is listing submitted works in a preprint section. I don’t currently have any papers that are submitted and have a preprint, but when I do, I’ll create such a section. 2019 me, I now have a healthy preprint section!

  • Update: 2019 me, I’m starting to change my CV a bit. I have kept the 2018 one in the Github repository largely intact for folks who want to list their thesis, which I do not do currently. You can compare the 2018 and 2019 versions, as I now have both in my Github CV repository.

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