# Altering the position of bullet given by \item

I am working on my resume and for that I am using one of the following construct:

\documentclass[letterpaper,9pt]{article}
\newlength{\outerbordwidth}

\usepackage[empty]{fullpage}
\usepackage{color}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\definecolor{mygrey}{gray}{0.85}
\raggedbottom
\raggedright
\setlength{\tabcolsep}{0in}
\usepackage{tabularx}

\setlength{\paperwidth}{8.5in}
\setlength{\hoffset}{3pt}
\addtolength{\oddsidemargin}{-0.6in}
\addtolength{\topmargin}{-.7in}
\addtolength{\textheight}{1.0in}
\setlength{\textwidth}{7.488in}

\newcommand{\ressubheading}[4]{\vspace{-.12cm}\hspace{-5pt}
\begin{tabular*}{7.18in}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} &  #2 \\
#3 & #4 \\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-0.2cm}}

\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item
\ressubheading{Name of Grad School}{City}{Major}{2010 -- 2012}
\end{itemize}
\end{document}


The command \ressubheading helps me define a table in which I write my credentials. However, I need to itemize such tables and while doing so the bullet provided by \item hangs in the middle of the two rows. This is looking kind of odd. I would like the bullet to be in front of the first row i.e. say in front of "Name of Grad School" in the example given. Here is an image showing the problem:

An ideas on what can be done ? Thanks a lot for your help !

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## 1 Answer

Rather than having the adjustments made by odd-valued or trial-and-error lengths, what about using regular paragraph entries:

\documentclass[letterpaper]{article}
\usepackage[empty]{fullpage}% http://ctan.org/pkg/fullpage
\newcommand{\ressubheading}[4]{%
\item\textbf{#1} \hfill #2\null\\
#3 \hfill #4%
}

\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\ressubheading{Name of Grad School}{City}{Major}{2010 -- 2012}
\ressubheading{Name of Grad School}{City}{Major}{2010 -- 2012}
\ressubheading{Name of Grad School}{City}{Major}{2010 -- 2012}
\ressubheading{Name of Grad School}{City}{Major}{2010 -- 2012}
\end{itemize}
\end{document}


Note that the standard document classes do not support 9pt font. Also, document layout changes is best set using geometry.

Finally, you could (should) consider some resume-dedicated packages like moderncv. Search for questions tagged .

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Werner: Thanks for the comments ! This worked out quite well for me. I didn't know that 9pt font is not supported. So what font is it defaulting to ? –  R.Bahl Jul 15 '12 at 16:16
@R.Bahl: It would default to 10pt (you will notice a file size10.clo loaded in your .log file). Standard classes offer 10pt, 11pt and 12pt. You might be interested in How to specify font size less than 10pt? which addresses smaller font sizes in documents. –  Werner Jul 15 '12 at 16:33