wordpress plugin : vita

This is a plug in I wrote to help keep my Artist Resume and academic CV organized. The problem is that an academic CV needs to be comprehensive, with all of my exhibitions but the Artist Resume should be a condensed version, focusing only on select work. Since it is painful to keep two separate documents current, I decided that I could use my website to keep things organized.

The way it works is that each time I want an entry on my resume, I create a new blog post and classify the post based on my resume categories. For example, I have a category on both my CV and Resume for ‘Solo Exhibitions’. In the WordPress admin area, I have created a corresponding category – Solo Exhibitions. Since only Posts in WordPress can have categories, each resume entry needs to start with a Post.

Since each blog Post has a date, the date is used to sort the posts chronologically on my resume. Occasionally, I may want to exclude some entries that are listed on my CV, from the same category on my Artist Resume, so I have added an ‘exclude’ option, where you can list posts that you want to exclude. Easiest way to explain this is to visit my Artist Resume page and compare it to my CV page. Now look at the HTML and shortcodes that I used to generate the page below.

I have designed and formatted the resume to use Tables, so that it can be copied into MS Word easily, and also so the Print stylesheet works as it should. Now, whenever I need to print a copy of my CV or Artist Resume, I can simply go to my website page and print it directly from there. Online, people can click the CV entries to see the actual project. Both online and on paper, my CV are always up-to-date and synchronized!

Feel free to use this plug-in on your own WordPress site by downloading the .zip file, and placing it in your WP plug-ins folder – bryans_vita.zip

This is what my Artist Resume page looks like in the Text admin area of WordPress. You’ll note that older entries (without a corresponding blog post) are entered manually. All current entries flow in automatically, with the correct breaks for each year, etc.

The one-line description is using the Excerpt option for Pages. If you don’t enter anything in the Excerpt area for the Page, it will grab the first few lines of your page entry.

<h2 class="dontprint">Artist Resume</h2>
<table class="resume" style="width: 95%;"><colgroup> <col style="width: 15%;" /> <col style="width: 85%;" /></colgroup>
<thead>
<tr>
<th></th>
<th>Bryan Leister</th>
</tr>
</thead>
<tbody>
<tr>
<th></th>
<th>Education</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>2006</td>
<td>M.F.A. Digital Fine Arts, George Mason University, Graduate Student Award</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>1985</td>
<td>B.F.A Communication Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Dean's list</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<th></th>
<th>Solo Exhibitions</th>
</tr>

[vita category="Solo Exhibitions"]

<tr>
<td>2006</td>
<td><cite>EXHIBITIONspace</cite>, Fine Arts Gallery, Fairfax, VA</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td></td>
<td><cite>Bryan Leister</cite>, Gallery 233-ONE, Alexandria, VA</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<th></th>
<th>Honors and Awards</th>
</tr>

[vita category="Juried Honors and Awards" exclude="2053,478"]


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