I am going through different tutorials and Q&A, but no luck yet. I am new to Latex, and hence not aware of many packages, and not sure why some change is not coming into effect.

Currently, I have below code, I picked a template, so just adding here the relevant code to the best of my knowledge

\section{Work Experience}
 \parbox[r]{2.5cm}{\raggedleft \textsc{Aug '11 -\\ July '15}} & Application Developer \\& 
     \item some points
     \item some points
     \item some points

The text Aug '11 - July '15 is looking little attached to the top, I am looking to give a extra top padding to it. How can I achieve this? Please can you let me know. Output is

Top Padding Needed

  • I recommend finding some better tutorials. I think this tutorial is trying to tell you how to use LaTeX, but it doesn't even specify a document class or use the document environment!
    – cfr
    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:18
  • @cfr Document class is \documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{article}
    – mtk
    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:19
  • 1
    Hint: put your code in your question, rather than in the comments. meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/3343/90087
    – A Feldman
    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:36
  • Please make your code compilable.
    – cfr
    Jun 15, 2016 at 3:06

1 Answer 1


The following may be in line with what you're after:

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\newcommand{\setyear}[1]{{\small #1}}

\section{Work Experience}

    Aug \setyear{2011} to \\ Jul \setyear{2015}
  \end{tabular}} & Application Developer \\[\medskipamount]
  & \textbullet~some points \\
  & \textbullet~some points \\
  & \textbullet~some points


I've used tabularx to find the required width of the right column using an X-column. The left column is set as a nested tabular, with the font forced as \scshape via the help of array (loaded by tabularx). \smashing the [t]-aligned tabular allows it to extend below the baseline without affecting whatever follows in the same row.

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