# [texhax] Using longtable to format a resume

Peter Davis pfd at pfdstudio.com
Tue Mar 15 12:44:11 CET 2011

On Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 8:47 PM, Peter Davis <pfd at pfdstudio.com> wrote:

> Added minimal example below ...
>
> On Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM, Peter Davis <pfd at pfdstudio.com> wrote:
>
>> I'm trying to update a resume and convert it to LaTeX (from Word).  The
>> main 'experience' section should be a two-column table in which each row is
>> of the form:
>>
>> Left column:
>>
>> Company
>> Title
>> Date
>>
>> Right column:
>>
>> * Most recent accomplishment
>> * Next most recent accomplishment
>> * etc.
>>
>> I can do most of this, but there are some details I can't seem to get:
>>
>> 1) I would like the left column to have a light gray background tint
>>
>> 2) I've created a list environment, bulletlist, defined as
>>
>>
>> \newenvironment{bulletlist}{\begin{list}{$\bullet$}{\setlength{\topsep}{0pt}\setlength{\itemsep}{2pt}\setlength{\parsep}{0pt}\setlength{\partopsep}{0pt}}}{\end{list}}
>>
>> Even with this, I can't get the first bullet in the right hand table cell
>> to align with the first line ("Company") in the left hand cell.  There's
>> always a blank line at the top.
>>
>> Any suggestions for solving either (or, better yet, both ) of these
>> problems?
>>
>>
> Here's a minimal example that illustrates the problem.  Note that if I put
> the first column's text in a vbox, the second column doesn't align with the
> first at all, as seen in the second row of this table.
>
>
>
> \documentclass[11pt]{article}
> \usepackage{longtable}
>
>
> \newenvironment{bulletlist}{\begin{list}{$\bullet$}{\setlength{\topsep}{0pt}\setlength{\itemsep}{2pt}\setlength{\parsep}{0pt}\setlength{\partopsep}{0pt}}}{\end{list}}
>
> \begin{document}
>
> \begin{longtable}{p{1.75in} p{2.25in}}
>
> {\bfseries Company}\newline Job title\newline Dates & \begin{bulletlist}
> \item Most important item
> \item Second most important item
> \item Third most important item
> \end{bulletlist} \\
>
> \vbox{{\bfseries Company}\newline Job title\newline Dates} &
> \begin{bulletlist}
> \item Most important item
> \item Second most important item
> \item Third most important item
> \end{bulletlist}
>
> \end{longtable}
>
> \end{document}
>

Just to follow up my own post, I did find a solution to the alignment
problem.  See example below.

I could use a \psframebox for the gray background tint, but that won't work
with pdfLaTeX or XeLaTeX.

Here's the alignment solution (from the last time I had this problem):

\documentclass[11pt]{article}

\usepackage{longtable}

\usepackage{enumitem}

\newenvironment{blist}{\begin{minipage}[t]{\linewidth}\begin{itemize}[label=\textbullet,
nolistsep, noitemsep]}{\end{itemize}\end{minipage}}

\title{List inside table cell}

\author{Peter Davis}

\begin{document}

\begin{longtable}[l]{p{1.6in}p{4.4in}}

\parbox[t]{1.5in}{This is some stuff in the left column.} &

\begin{blist}

\item First item

\item Second item

\end{blist}\\

\\

\parbox[t]{1.5in}{This is some more stuff in the left column.} &

\begin{blist}

\item Third item

\item Fourth item

\end{blist}

\end{longtable}

\end{document}

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