# [texhax] Formatting my resume: Eliminating vertical space before lists

Joel C. Salomon joelcsalomon at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 17:52:13 CEST 2010

Background:  I'm re-doing my résumé in LaTeX, and since I'm not happy
with any of the currently-available classes, I'm making my own.

An edited snippet of the file will suffice to show what I am trying to do:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tabularx}

\begin{document}
\begin{tabularx}{468bp}{r@{\hspace{8bp}} p{396bp}}
Objective & A career-track position in Electrical Engineering \\
Skills & \begin{list}{}{
\setlength{\topsep}{0pt}
\setlength{\partopsep}{\topsep}
\setlength{\leftmargin}{0pt}
\setlength{\rightmargin}{\leftmargin}}
\item Exposure to advanced Control Systems techniques
including Kalman filtering.
\item Experience with real-time, embedded, and
device-driver programming techniques.
\end{list} \\
References & Available upon request.
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}

I'd like to completely eliminate the extra vertical space before & after
the list environment, so that the sentence "Exposure to ..." lines up
with the word "Skills" just as "A career-track position..." lines up
with "Objective".  Is this possible with the list environment, or with
any of its relatives & clones?

Thanks,
--Joel Salomon