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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.

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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


I would like to understand the difference between the sentences:

" we should be sending " and " we should send". They have the same meaning or one of them isn't correct?

I think it is necessary the sentence to see the use of both, but I can tell you that these two sentences are in different tenses.

Hello alidan83,

The difference here is not tense but aspect. Specifically, should be + verb-ing is a continuous form which should + verb is a simple form. There is no tense difference, however.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello bannino,

Both of these are possible forms but it's impossible to say which is correct without knowing the context in which they are used. If you can provide the sentence in which you want to use them then we'll be able to comment on which is correct, or whether both can be used.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Friends,

I am also with you in this attempt

Thank you

nice topic and useful

Why we use "do" in sentence like " We do keep everything on file," although (keep) is a verb ?

Hello Sherif Abeedo,

'do' can be used with affirmative present simple verbs for emphasis. You can read a bit more about this on this archived BBC page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

what is the cv in complete writing?

Hello nicky62,

CV stands for curriculum vitae.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team