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I am using moderncv to write my CV. Therefore, I want to use a bulleted list withing \cvitem. In principle this works, but an extra line is added so that it is not on the same height as the first argument of \cvitem. Here is an example:

It should look like this:

Language   - first
           - second

But it looks like this:

           - first
           - second

Here is the minimal code




\item some bulleted item

Thanks for your help.

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BTW, I just noticed, that when I use \cvdoubleitem the problem does not occur. – Pascal Aug 29 '12 at 11:35
It does not insert the extra space in my system...which version are you using? – Bordaigorl Jul 31 at 14:40

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It is due to the package enumitem. If you disable \usepackage{enumitem}, then the extra line disappears as it works in template.tex of moderncv.

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There is no \usepackage{enumitem} in the code in question. Do you suggest to modify the moderncv class? – Martin Schröder Jul 31 at 13:25
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What you are seeing comes from the way the \itemize environment works. If you want to have the first language aligned with the 'Language' entry you have several possibilities:

1) Ignore the bullets completely:

\cvitem{Languages}{first language}
\cvitem{}{second language}

2) Add the bullets manually

\cvitem{Languages}{\listitemsymbol first language}
\cvitem{}{\listitemsymbol second language}

You might also find the \cvlanguage environment useful, as it allows you to describe your language skills, like:

\cvlanguage{english}{advanced}{CAE grade A (2012)}
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Instead of using $\bullet$, you should rather use the specific moderncv command \listitemsymbol, or the standard latex commands \labelitemi, \labelitemii, etc (depending on the bullet level). This way, you will get the right symbol adjusted to the style you are using, in the right color. – Xavier Aug 29 '12 at 13:13
Well spotted, I have edited my answer to include this suggestion. – Paweł Rumian Aug 29 '12 at 14:30
I tried to use this solution, but it doesn't work, if the first field (here: languages) is too long and there is a line break. Is there any work around in this case? Compare with this post:… – Mil May 30 '14 at 18:03
@Mil, nope, I think the only option would be to make the first column wider, by putting in preamble something like \setlength{\hintscolumnwidth}{2.5cm} – Paweł Rumian Aug 6 '14 at 7:22

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