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I am using LaTeX to write a CV and would like to be able to set 3 columns whose width I can define and be able to designate in which column certain text goes into. Most of the answers to this question that I have found online are from pre-written packages that allow little customization. I would just like to know if anyone can recommend a simple 3 column layout. Thank you!

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  • Have you looked into using the longtable package and its eponymous environment? – Mico Feb 15 '15 at 19:18
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    Have you looked at the parcolumns package? It allows you to create three columns of different widths. – A.Ellett Feb 15 '15 at 19:18
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Here's an example with parcolumns:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[textwidth=6in]{geometry}
\usepackage{parcolumns}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{kantlipsum}
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}

\kant[2]

\noindent
\begin{minipage}{5in}
  \begin{parcolumns}[rulebetween,colwidths={1=0.30\textwidth,2=0.4\textwidth,3=1in}]{3}
    \colchunk[1]{\raggedright\lipsum[2]}
    \colchunk[2]{\raggedright\kant[1]}
    \colchunk[3]{last column}
  \end{parcolumns}
\end{minipage}

\end{document}

which results in

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However, parcolumns will not break the columns over multiple pages. For that you might consider using the paracol package or longtable

Here's an example using paracol which will split columns over multiple pages

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[textwidth=6in]{geometry}
\usepackage{paracol}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{kantlipsum}
\setlength{\columnseprule}{0.4pt}
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}

\kant[2]

  \setcolumnwidth{0.30\textwidth/1cm,0.4\textwidth,1in}%%
  \begin{paracol}{3}
    {\raggedright\lipsum[2]}
    \switchcolumn
    {\raggedright\kant[1]}
    \switchcolumn
    {last column}
  \end{paracol}

\end{document}

which results in

enter image description here

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