A few weeks before this website was first published I started with an update of my Curriculum Vitae. Sure, the information on LinkedIn is mostly up to date, but prospects and customers often ask for a document they can print and/or store as well. So I decided it was time to produce something that would stand out, but at the same time would inform the reader (f/m); gives them a sense they know enough about me to invite me for an interview.

Since I had not used LaTeX for a while, and writing LaTeX code is a skill you need to practice once in a while, the how was also a non-issue. The only question left was: “Would I compress the information to one page or two pages?”, and since I could not decide I created them both.

  • The one page CV is an infographic, which shows contact details, skills and technologies, activities and recent and past experience and education. Since it is a PDF file it also contains (hidden) hyperlinks that will open social media pages, the mail program and even tries to phone the GSM number provided, amongst other implemented features.

  • The two page CV is a modern version of a standard CV. It includes a mugshot, even more contact and social media information than the one page CV, an extensive description of recent and previous working experience, additional functions and education. It also contains some relevant hard and soft skills (with relative rating), memberships of relevant organisations and a QR code that produces a reasonably complete entry for the Contacts book, besides (hidden) hypertext links that try to provide relevant actions.

Again, the produced files are PDF documents. I really debated the inclusion of some EICAR code, but in the end decided against it. I know most technical personnel would really appreciate a feature like that, but most of the time documents like these are (also) passed to management and the purchace department, and these persons would probably not be amused.