I've been trying to play around with LaTeX to create a class for my CV template and I would like to use itemize as an input argument but I haven't been able to make it work. So far this is what I've got in the cvdoc.cls:


And in the cv.tex file I've written this:

\cvitem{\item thing 1
\item thing 2
\item thing 3}

In the final command there will be more input as in date, information, location, this would be for the description .

Also keep in mind i am very new in latex

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    Welcome! Try \newcommand{\cvitem}[1]{\begin{itemize} #1 \end{itemize}}. But this is really not a good idea. It will just make your code much more opaque and harder to maintain for essentially no benefit at all.
    – cfr
    Oct 8, 2016 at 1:23
  • I agree with cfr here (especially about the advice not to do it), and am only commenting because of the 'i am very new' caveat. The type of 'command' you are seeking is only taking one argument. A classical and basic LaTeX command with two arguments would be in the form of \command{<arg 1>}{<arg 2>}.
    – jon
    Oct 8, 2016 at 1:58
  • What would you guys recommend then? Cause I would really like to add bullet points for the description.
    – RenéB
    Oct 8, 2016 at 2:19
  • Also there is a maximun number of arguments allowed (8 or 9 IIRC). Oct 8, 2016 at 3:18
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    if you want an itemized list use \begin{itemize} making it into a command does not change the formatting in any way, it just obfuscates the source file. Oct 8, 2016 at 9:42

1 Answer 1


So i found how to fix my problem this is my new command, the part with the tabular is right before #4

            \vspace{-5mm}{\begin{itemize}[noitemsep,topsep=0pt,leftmargin=*] #4 %\vspace

the way to use it is like so:

    \cvitem{1863-1865}{M.Sc. magna cum laude}{Wonderland}{\item Majoring in Computer Science \item Minor in aerospace}

works really well

code output

  • There are far too many CV templates out there, and most are terrible. Your definition looks mighty close to a bunch of badly designed CV templates. I cannot upvote this answer.
    – Johannes_B
    Oct 10, 2016 at 6:51
  • well i am new in latex and pretty much only learn off templates so this is the best I can do. If you have a recommendation I would love to see it in order to expand my knowledge of good LaTeX.
    – RenéB
    Jan 30, 2017 at 23:09
  • Have a look for LaTeX for complete novices a free ebook. Learning from templates is pretty much the worst you can do.
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 31, 2017 at 5:51

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