Moderncv LaTeX package. A really easy way to create a modern CV

As far as the options are concerned these are the following:

I had created my CV many months ago and I put it in good use, I found a PhD position. However I was still meddling with my girlfriend’s CV as she is looking for a job. So I came up with moderncv package that provides a way to easily create a really nice proffesional CV.

You can install the moderncv package manually after downloading it from CTAN directory or if you use MiKTeK like I do, you can go to the package manager search for moderncv package and install it. However I pretty sure that by default MiKTeK prompts you to download any missing packages.

To use moderncv you simply use:

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{moderncv}

and you set the CV theme that you want to create:

 
\moderncvtheme[options]{theme}  

Where theme you can have casual, classic and empty:

Casual is a resume created with a simple header on the first page with the name and a picture. Information of the address, telephone number and email is placed in the bottom of each page of the CV.

Classic creates a full header with name, information and passport image on the first page. There is no information on the footer of each page. I recommend this on for most professional uses.

Empty creates a very simple moderncv resume without headers and footers.

As far as the options are concerned these are the following: blue, orange, green, red, purple, grey (which are to choose the color of the cv lines and roman to use roman fonts instead of sans serif fonts.
Then you continue writing down your personal data using:

\firstname {name}    % Your name
\lastname {Last name} % Your last name
\title {Title}              % Your title (optional)
\address{street and number}{post code and city} % Your current address
\mobile {number}    % Your mobile phone number
\phone {number}    % Your phone number
\email {email}          % Your email address
\homepage {link}    % Your website
\extrainfo {information} % Possible extra information e.g. website
\photo[64pt][0.4pt]{picture}  % Your photo (optional)
\quote {quote} % Life motto or something like that (optional)

These are used with the \maketitle command. Further more the moderncv had some structures that can be used to enter your skills and qualities. Some of these are:

\cventry{year--year}{Degree}{Institution}{City}{\textit{Grade}}{Description}
\cvlanguage{Language 1}{Skill level}{Comment}
\cvcomputer{category 1}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}{category 4}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}
\cvline{hobby 1}{\small Description}

cventry is used to enter education and work experience entries. cvlanguage to enter linguistic skills, cvcomputer computer skills. Finally cvline is used to enter generic information. More structures and information can be found in the templates code in the CTAN directory found here.

The results are the following:
Using [green]{classic}: pdf, tex
Using [blue]{casual}: pdf, tex
Using classic with photo: pdf

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Curriculum Vitae in LaTeX

Now that I started looking for a PhD it was good to have my curriculum vitae updated. Apart from the content I wanted it to be more professional so this time I wanted it to be in LaTeX. Searching through the net it was easy to find quite a lot of templates bus I decided to use the one found here. the result of the CV I prepared for my PhD search is the following CV.pdf.

Some tips for making the content of the CV could be that there is no need to have a single CV but always adjust for the needs of every situation. Mentioning every little thing you have done just to make it look filled up is not a good idea at all. People who will read the CV won’t probably have any time to read past the first sentence of each section so the best way to go is to place there the more important information there to make sure it won’t be overlooked. The more minimal the better.

In the CV you can find in the link above there is an appendix with grades which I may eventually remove as I think that it is not a good idea to have such a long CV.

That’s all for now.