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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


hi everybody,
how can i improve my writing ?
Jalaladdin Aboonajmi

Hi jalaladdin,
It's hard for me to give you any specific advice because I don't know anything about your English level or what kind of writing you need to learn.  Improving your grammar and vocabulary will benefit your writing, of course, so that's one way.  Perhaps you can tell us what kind of writing you need to do, and then we can make more concrete suggestions.  For example, if you want to improve your writing so you can pass an exam such as IELTS, then we can recommend some helpful information here on LearnEnglish, on the British Council's Take IELTS site, or on other British Council sites.  On the other hand, if you are interested in creative writing, then we can direct you to some other helpful sites.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone... I am from Indonesia, I need all of you to help me to improve my English, would you?

It is a good way to learn English
I have a question 
In CV vocabulary Task 3 / Question 2, what is the difference between in/on  file , in /on my open documents , in / on computer 

Hi IIIRashed,
The difference is that some of them are correct and others are not:
- we say on file not in file
- we say in my open documents not on my open documents
- we say on my computer not in my computer
Prepositions are a difficult area because every language uses them differently.  Keep practising and you'll soon get a good feel for when to use in and when to use on, as well as all the other prepositions.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Everyone, 
I'm study English by my self, and this is very useful, thanks a lot LearnEnglish
Team :)

Hello Morgendorfer!
Thanks for your kind words; we're always happy to know that our work helps people.
Good luck with your studies!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

My name is Sami khan and i am from Pakistan. i am so happy to be the member of this site.........

difficul to lishten, someone have some precious advice about lishtening skill for me?

Hello anhthang_lion!
Well, you've come to the right site for listening! We have lots of things to help you practice your English. A good place to start is our Elementary Podcasts. These are short radio shows about different subjects. You can read the transcripts and do the exercises to help you understand the show. If you prefer a drama, you could try our radio soap opera, Big City Small World. To get the most out of them, try listening once without looking at the transcript, and don't worry about understanding every word. Try some of the exercises, and then listen to them again.
If you think something is too difficult, don't worry about it. Try something else, and come back to it later. To make the most progress, though, try to listen to something every day.
Hope that helps, and have fun on the site!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team