Simpler Résumé Updates

I decided to update my résumé this week. No, I haven't lost my job, and I'm not actively looking for a new one, but a little while ago I asked people on Mastodon how to acquire practical experience with "cloud stuff" if your job doesn't provide it, and someone suggested The Cloud Resume Challenge. (Unfortunately I can't find the post that suggested it, and can't remember who made it, but thank you anonymous helpful Mastodon person.)

The challenge is to create a website that displays your résumé, but uses various features of AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or whatever cloud provider you want to explore. So, when you go looking for a cloud-related job, you have your résumé online and you can talk to an interviewer about all the interesting stuff you learned about deploying a website to the cloud with load balancing and serverless code and whatever else you want to brag about.

I've started the learning process (and I've passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practioner exam), but before I go further I decided I should probably have an up-to-date résumé. For the past couple of decades I've had a résumé in multiple formats (Word, PDF, RTF, etc.) and when I've needed to update it, I've had to make edits to all of those files and then deploy them to all the places where it is available for download.

Making similar small edits to a few files every few years isn't a lot of work, but it does seem like the kind of thing I should automate for my fancy new cloud-native résumé website deployment.

This turned out to be pretty easy. I started with the plain-text ("ASCII") format of my résumé and converted it into Markdown format by adding a few formatting tags. The result of that process is visible here:

Then I set up a Makefile with rules for using Pandoc to generate all the other formats from that source file. So, whenever I need to update my résumé, I just edit and then I can execute make all to generate all the other formats, and then push that back up to my repository.

Finally, I just have to update all the pages that have links to my résumé (for example, the My Résumé page on this website) so that they point to the auto-updated files in my GitHub repo.

The best thing is now I don't have to install Microsoft Word again whenever I want to update my résumé.

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