I previously wrote about keeping a CV in PDF and converting it to HTML. There’s a better way, however, even though it has a bit more initial work involved. What you want to do is keep your CV (or really anything of that ilk that you want to have available in multiple formats) in a YAML file and then use pandoc to convert the YAML file into whatever documents you need. I got the idea from looking at this template on Github.

What you want to do is keep the CV info in a YAML file like so:

name: Immanuel Kant
address: Königsberg, Prussia
email: manny@copernicanrevolution.edu

- Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy

- German Idealism, Philosophy of Religion

- years: 1770-1804
  employer: University of Königsberg
  job: Chair of Logic and Metaphysics
  city: Königsberg, DE

Using pandoc, you can then convert this into a variety of formats, including HTML and PDF. The key is to create a template for every output format that you need. For example, you might template your employment history like so:


Pandoc then feeds the YAML info to LaTeX for PDF typesetting. You can see a sample here.

With this method, you can keep your entire CV in a single YAML file and easily generate a PDF, HTML, or some other format. For the full set of templates for LaTeX and HTML, along with a makefile for easy conversion, you can look at my repo on Github.


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