I'd like to create a CV similar to the one shown here. But I don't know what's the best way to create those text blocks. I had the idea to use itemize. But I don't know how to format the label of the \item in italics. I also get in trouble when trying to spread a label on multiple lines (eg. when the content of the label is too long for one line).

Here is an example of what I'm trying to do:

June 2007  Responsible for the visual design and HTML / CSS
–present   templating for a social media site where people
           discuss their unusual pets.

Another    Some text

The label should be in italics. I'd appreciate any help.

  • 3
    you can try moderncv
    – percusse
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 10:16
  • Or a simple table will do?
    – user11232
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 10:42
  • @cmhughes Done. :)
    – percusse
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 11:33

2 Answers 2


There are lots of ways to create a cv- perhaps another answer will demonstrate an approach using moderncv

If you want to use itemize, then you can customize it (and every other list-type environment, such as enumerate, description, etc) using the extremely powerful and user-friendly enumitem package.

A very simple implementation gives

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    \item[June 2007|Oct 2008] \lipsum[1]
    \item[Nov 2008|present] \lipsum[2]


You could also use (for example)

    \item[June 2007|\\present] \lipsum[1]

which gives

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For more reading, you might like to look at

LaTeX template for resume/curriculum vitae

  • Works fine. Thank you very much for your help.
    – MTK
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 11:25

Here is a quick example of using moderncv. You can find some themes and a template file for usage in your TeX distro folder for moderncv

\address{Serengeti}{Serengeti - South Africa}
\email{[email protected]}
Goal oriented. Experienced in strategic planning and element of surprise. Huge jumps in career. Expert in predator-prey dynamics.

\section{Professional Experience}
\subsection{Field Experience}
\cventry{2003--2005}{Team Leader}{Caracals! Logistics}{Serengeti}{\href{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serengeti}{Wiki Page}}{%
A selected collection of the completed projects:%
\item Lead my team to hit various targets.
\item Avoided many threats.
Carried out individual population control experiments
\cvline{High Jump}{Professional}

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