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Advice on writing CVs

Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Fereshte,

Europeans tend to think of Russian as a European language, but you are right -- it is also an important language in Asia. I'll make a note to change the wording of this exercise in the future. For now please know that you are correct!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
many thanks for your response

best wishes

Dear Sir ,
I can't understand this phrase :(we get sent each year!) in the paragraph below. so I’m the person who reads the hundreds of CVs (we get sent each year!)
For me why Mr John said the verb : (sent) instead of to say for exemple : receive.
Best wishes.

Hi medmomo,

'get sent' is an informal version of the passive voice verb 'are sent', i.e. 'the hundreds of CVs (that) we are sent'.

You could also communicate the same idea with 'receive' (which is in the active voice), as you suggest: 'the hundreds (that) we receive each year' and it would mean the same thing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


thanks it is very useful

It's useful me too.

Writing a CV (or resume in American English) is a long past for me as I'm a freelance translator of English. However, when I look back the days when I wrote CVs, it was embarassing because I was a bad CV writer, a lot of irrelevant information, putting on a photo of my own, telling about primary school... I should have read this page first!

in this sentence : so I’m the person who reads the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year!
(we get sent each year) sent or receive? I think it must be receive . please help me to understand . thank

Hello nicky62,

The verb here is a passive form. We usually use 'be' to form the passive (e.g. 'are sent') but we can also use 'get' in informal contexts ('get sent'). You could use 'receive' as an active verb instead of 'get sent'.

Thus all of these are possible:


...the hundreds of CVs we are sent each year

...the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year

...the hundreds of CVs we recive each year


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much peter your explanation was really helpful .