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I recently revamped my resume using tools (GitHub, Markdown, Mou, Chrome) from my every day programmer workflow. I found this process to be much more pleasant than the normal LinkedIn/Microsoft Word gymnastics. I hope you do as well!

I've previously kept my resume up-to-date on LinkedIn. It's a standard (of sorts), people go look there automatically, and there is a passable PDF export.

However, recently I've been frustrated by the lack of a decent markup language that can be used to provide emphasis and highlighting. I really just want to write a resume using GitHub flavored Markdown. Markdown is a simple markup language, whose features I know by heart because I use them every day to write documentation at work.

Step 1: Export

First we have to get the junky old resume out of the LinkedIn. Use the PDF export feature.

save as pdf

Once you have the PDF in hand, copy all of the text (Cmd-A) and paste into a markdown file. I called mine resume.md.

Step 2: Tidy up

The PDF text lands in a text editor like an ugly ball of mud, so we need to format everything so that it looks good.

I recommend the Mou Markdown Editor for the least painless workflow. We'll also use Mou later for its PDF export feature, so you might as well get started with it now!

mou

A full lesson in Markdown formatting is beyond the scope of this blog post, but here's a generally representative section from my job experience section:

# Marshall Yount
> marshall@yountlabs.com

## Experience

### Operations / Platform Engineering at Code Climate
> July 2014 - Present (1 year 2 months)

Code Climate maintains an automated code review system that analyzes more than 900 billion lines of source code per day. I build new features, keep the servers running, and participate in Code Reviews using GitHub Pull Requests and Slack.

#### Duties

* Built custom instrumentation (`statsd`, [Librato](https://librato.com) and alerting ([PagerDuty](http://pagerduty.com), [NewRelic](http://newrelic.com) systems based on **hundreds of custom metrics** that give deep insight into the Platform's performance characteristics.
* Automated deployment with [ansible](http://ansible.com) and [Docker](http://docker.com) to more than a dozen different server types.
* Used `rollout` feature toggles and the `scientist` gem to safely test and deploy behavior-neutral refactorings.
* Delivered *Refactoring Rails* workshop to [Garden City Rubyconf 2015](http://www.gardencityruby.org/).

#### Roles

* **Platform Team Captain** for a small remote engineering team that took over an existing code base from busy founder-engineers.
* **Sales Engineer** for *Code Climate Enterprise*, a self hosted version built on [Docker](http://docker.com).

**Skills:** Rails, rollout, scientist, rspec, capistrano, sidekiq, resque, mongodb, memcached, redis, statsd, OpenVZ, Docker, Ansible, CoreOS, CentOS, Travis CI, Circle CI, Slackbot

Be sure to make liberal use of links, bold, italics, code blocks, and syntax highlighting.

Think about formatting from the reader's perspective. Your resume is probably one out of a stack of a hundred. Make your best, most awesome features really stand out.

Step 3: Export HTML

Stylesheet

Mou supports four different stylesheets that can be applied to HTML or PDF exports. I recommend the GitHub2 theme.

mou css

Preview in Chrome

Open the document up in your web browser of choice. I like Google Chrome because you can easily print directly to PDF.

I recommend that you set the margins to Minimum and remove Chrome's automatic Header and Footer. (lower left in the screenshot)

mou css

CSS

I made the following changes to the stylesheet at the top of the exported HTML:

body {
  font-size: 13px;
  padding-top: 5px;
  padding-bottom: 5px;
  padding: 15px;
}

h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 {
  margin: 10px 0 10px;
}

Your mileage may vary.

Page breaks!

If you would like to force a page break before some kind of section header, add style tags to the element after the page break. For example:

<h2 style="page-break-before:always;">Outside of Work Projects</h2>

Step 4: Back to LinkedIn

I couldn't find a way to programmatically update LinkedIn, so I wound up copy/pasting my fancy new wordsmithed resume back into their forms. For now I'll have to keep this up to date by hand. Blerg.