Nick Huntington-Klein

is creating CVRoller, a better way to update your CV

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Hi there!

In December 2018 I offhandedly posted this tweet, expecting maybe a couple of tepid responses:

To my surprise I got a huge response! Hundreds of replies, thousands of likes.

So, over the past couple months I've been making it a reality. And now in mid-January I have CVRoller: a functional program that takes a database of CV information and gives you back a CV. And not just a CV - this thing will automatically update every version of your CV at once. So if you're like me, or most academics, and you've got a website CV, a PDF CV to download, and a different PDF CV to send to your administration (which of course wants all different information in a completely different order), CVRoller has you covered. You can see some of the results on my website: nickchk.com. CVRoller made most of it, including the navigation bar, and several of the non-CV webpages - turns out in addition to being a CV generator it's also accidentally capable of automatically generating all sorts of documents. Works for me!

CVRoller is capable of taking in data in Excel, CSV, or JSON format, and can take citation data preformatted or in BiBTeX form (.bib or .json) and it will format it for you. Or you can just give it a list of DOIs, PMIDs, PMCIDs, or just your ORCID and it will grab all the publication info you need.

With the data in hand, it will give you back a CV! You can get a website, a PDF (built using the moderncv LaTeX package, or using your own LaTeX template), or even Markdown. Microsoft Word to come in the future.

As it stands, CVRoller is ready to go and to use... if you're willing to work with it! Using CVRoller now requires that you install Python and some Python packages, figure out the CVRoller layout language, and figure out how to set up your CV data. Then once it's done you've got to upload it to the internet yourself. Too much work! I'd like to take this to the next stage and develop CVRoller into something that does all the heavy lifting for you.

Of course, making something work is one thing. Making it easy is another! That's why I'm asking for money. Some of the things I'd like to do are outside of my grasp and I may need to hire some people, so some money will go to that. And I'd like to make it free to use, so it wouldn't make much sense to do that out of pocket! Some will also go to me - additional cash will let me take fewer consulting gigs (the tenure-track professor's traditional side-hustle) and spend more time on CVRoller instead.

Thank you so much for your interest! I hope you get something out of CVRoller and it saves you some time and headache. And if you do decide to contribute, I really, really do appreciate it.
Tiers
Well-Formatted CV
$2 or more per month

Get Patreon updates about CVRoller, always know how it's going! C'mon, a CV-updating service has gotta be worth at least $2/month to you, right?

Someone sees your CV and is like "Nice"
$5 or more per month

Featured on the "Supporters" page of the CVRoller website, once there's an actual website that doesn't just redirect to Github.

Formatting Errors? Never Heard of ‘em.
$12 or more per month

Featured on the "Premium Supporters" page of the CVRoller website, once there's an actual website that doesn't just redirect to Github.

A CV like that scene in American Psycho
$30 or more per month

Y'know, like the business cards that intimidated Christian Bale? American Psycho? Never mind.

At this tier I will (within reason) personally help you use CVRoller in its current form: answer questions about creating layout files, themes, etc. and look at your files to spot mistakes.

Hi there!

In December 2018 I offhandedly posted this tweet, expecting maybe a couple of tepid responses:

To my surprise I got a huge response! Hundreds of replies, thousands of likes.

So, over the past couple months I've been making it a reality. And now in mid-January I have CVRoller: a functional program that takes a database of CV information and gives you back a CV. And not just a CV - this thing will automatically update every version of your CV at once. So if you're like me, or most academics, and you've got a website CV, a PDF CV to download, and a different PDF CV to send to your administration (which of course wants all different information in a completely different order), CVRoller has you covered. You can see some of the results on my website: nickchk.com. CVRoller made most of it, including the navigation bar, and several of the non-CV webpages - turns out in addition to being a CV generator it's also accidentally capable of automatically generating all sorts of documents. Works for me!

CVRoller is capable of taking in data in Excel, CSV, or JSON format, and can take citation data preformatted or in BiBTeX form (.bib or .json) and it will format it for you. Or you can just give it a list of DOIs, PMIDs, PMCIDs, or just your ORCID and it will grab all the publication info you need.

With the data in hand, it will give you back a CV! You can get a website, a PDF (built using the moderncv LaTeX package, or using your own LaTeX template), or even Markdown. Microsoft Word to come in the future.

As it stands, CVRoller is ready to go and to use... if you're willing to work with it! Using CVRoller now requires that you install Python and some Python packages, figure out the CVRoller layout language, and figure out how to set up your CV data. Then once it's done you've got to upload it to the internet yourself. Too much work! I'd like to take this to the next stage and develop CVRoller into something that does all the heavy lifting for you.

Of course, making something work is one thing. Making it easy is another! That's why I'm asking for money. Some of the things I'd like to do are outside of my grasp and I may need to hire some people, so some money will go to that. And I'd like to make it free to use, so it wouldn't make much sense to do that out of pocket! Some will also go to me - additional cash will let me take fewer consulting gigs (the tenure-track professor's traditional side-hustle) and spend more time on CVRoller instead.

Thank you so much for your interest! I hope you get something out of CVRoller and it saves you some time and headache. And if you do decide to contribute, I really, really do appreciate it.

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Tiers
Well-Formatted CV
$2 or more per month

Get Patreon updates about CVRoller, always know how it's going! C'mon, a CV-updating service has gotta be worth at least $2/month to you, right?

Someone sees your CV and is like "Nice"
$5 or more per month

Featured on the "Supporters" page of the CVRoller website, once there's an actual website that doesn't just redirect to Github.

Formatting Errors? Never Heard of ‘em.
$12 or more per month

Featured on the "Premium Supporters" page of the CVRoller website, once there's an actual website that doesn't just redirect to Github.

A CV like that scene in American Psycho
$30 or more per month

Y'know, like the business cards that intimidated Christian Bale? American Psycho? Never mind.

At this tier I will (within reason) personally help you use CVRoller in its current form: answer questions about creating layout files, themes, etc. and look at your files to spot mistakes.