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I‘m a student in engineering and in the last few years I really fell in love with LaTeX. I‘d even go as far as to say that it‘s some kind of a hobby to read about new packages or possibilities here on TEX.SX and so on...

The last few days I was searching for internships and as I was preparing my CV and resume I was not sure weather or not my ability to use LaTeX (maybe a bit more than just with „default settings“) is worth mentioning or not.

In most companies you just use MS Office (at least if you are not in a researching department) So I think it won‘t give me any bonuses, and I should better spend the time learning some „real“ programming languages.

What do you think?

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It's been a long time since I wrote a resume, so my ideas might be dated. I'm a mechanical engineer. I write a fair number of reports with lots of citations, tables, figures, etc. I found and started using LaTeX about 15 years ago because MSWord would make me want to put my hand through the wall on a regular basis. With LaTeX, I know that if something isn't working, it's my fault and I can find a solution.

I think there is no downside to listing LaTeX as one of your proficiencies. I would also list MSOffice just to keep them from tossing your resume.

More importantly, I would include a paragraph on how I love to learn new software and technologies to automate repetitive tasks, with LaTeX as an example. If you like LaTeX, it should be easy for you to gain some basic knowledge of a couple programming languages. Personally, I get a lot of use out of:

  • GAWK - for manipulating large test data files, and
  • Asymptote - for creating engineering graphics. Asymptote syntax is a lot like C++ but with built-in vector graphics functions.

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