I will be applying for graduate student internships for summer 2015, and I am interested in making a good quality resume. I am planning to use latex to typeset it.

Most companies, such as JP Morgan, seem to require 1 page resumes. Which means I need to pack in as much information as possible.

Hence I had the following questions:

  1. Is it advisable then to use CV with 2 columns (like this) or a standard CV without columns (such as this) ? The 2 columns format seems to be able to stuff in more information.

  2. Often softwares will parse through the initial set of resumes a company receives. Does the layout, (1 column or 2 column) affect the ability of the software to parse through the resume?

  3. This might be a stupid question, but do such softwares parsing pdfs do better on pdfs generated with latex rather than a pdf generated by exporting a resume written in a microsoft word doc format.

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  • 2 columns actually ought to give you less efficient use of the page, since you lose the "gutter" between the two columns which could otherwise carry text. Unless you have a lot of very short lines or blank lines, I'd be surprised if it helped you that way... but you can try it both ways and see. Personally, I still think the simplest solution (ordinary plaintext) wins unless you're applying for a job where your ability to make a page pretty matters. – keshlam Dec 18 '14 at 2:45

First of all, if you're a grad student applying for internships, you really shouldn't need more than a page for your resume. If you think you do, get someone who's not a student to go through it and cut out the irrelevant bits.

  1. No. Two-column CVs are weird.
  2. Since PDF is a presentational format, not a structured one, the parser may have difficulty with two columns and try to mash them together. So a single column is better.
  3. I would suspect that LaTeX PDFs will be slightly cleaner, but as noted above, turning PDFs back into text is a very inexact science and the result will never be perfect. Consider a parsable document format (RTF or Word) if you really think this is important.
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    With over 30 years of experience I have a two page resume, I can't imagine what the OP would want to put in a resume that would be over a page at that level. Most interviewers would never read a second page or more for an entry level person. – HLGEM Dec 18 '14 at 16:37

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