5.1 The currvita Package

The currvita package [72] is quite simple, and should work with most classes. For example, you could just use it with the base article class or you might want to include your CV in a letter, in which case you might want to use one of the letter-like classes.

The available package options are as follows:

Produces more compact vertical spacing.
Produces more generous vertical spacing. This is the default vertical spacing option.
Produces an “open” format for the bibliography.
This option is provided for use with the bibunits [31] and multibib [32] packages and allows you to subdivide your publication list.
This option suppresses the date that by default is displayed at the bottom of the CV.

The date is set using:


(As per \maketitle.) If you also want to specify a location next to the date, you can use:


The body of the CV is contained within the cv environment:


where ⟨heading⟩ is the title text, such as “Résumé” or “Curriculum Vitae” (or “Curriculum Vitæ” if you prefer to use a ligature).

The contents of the CV are typically divided into sections containing lists. These sections can be typeset within the cv environment using the cvlist environment:

\begin{cvlist}{section heading}

where ⟨section heading⟩ is the heading text for this list. Within the body of the cvlist environment, use the standard


command to start each item.

Example 25. A Sample CV

The source code for this book loads the currvita package, so I can just use the cv environment within this document:

\date{10th March 2014}
\cvplace{My Office}
  \begin{cvlist}{Personal Information}
    \item[Name:]  Polly Parrot
    \item[Address:] 42 The Lane, Some Town, 
      Noshire AB1 2XY, United Kingdom
    \item[Telephone:] 0123456789
    \item[Email:] polly.parrot@example.com
    \item[Nationality:] British

This produces:

Personal Information
Name: Polly Parrot
Address: 42 The Lane, Some Town, Noshire AB1 2XY, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0123456789
Email: polly.parrot@example.com
Nationality: British
My Office, 10th March 2014

End of Image.

(You can download or view a complete sample document.)

Recall from Volume 2 that you can generate a list of citations using BibTeX or biber. In a CV it's likely that you will want to include a list of publications without citing them. In this case, instead of using

\cite{key list}

you can use

\nocite{key list}

to add the citations referenced in the comma-separated listkey list⟩ without producing any text. Alternatively, you can add all entries defined in your .bib file using an asterisk:


So if you want to include a list of your publications you can use \nocite with \bibliography and \bibliographystyle (as described in Volume 2).

Exercise 15. Sample CV with Publications

Modify Example 25 so that it also includes a publications list. You can either use your own .bib file or you can use the test xampl.bib file that's included in TeX distributions.

You can download or view a solution.

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