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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


 Thanks Helen, you are right,
Iam going to make a plan for this right away.

dear Adam,
in fact i am a new for this website and i need a help.
i am from yemen and can not practice in english there and would be grateful if you could find a british friend.

Hello ahmed
Welcome to LearnEnglish!
I'm not Adam. Is it ok if I answer your question?
I know that it can be difficult to find opportunities to speak English, but I'm afraid we can't help you find a friend to practice with.
There are some things you could try if you want to develop your conversation skills: It is a good idea to find a study partner or a group of friends who would like to practice talking English with you. If you set a regular time to meet and talk in English, and choose different topics to discuss I am sure you will soon find that your speaking improves.
You can also use LearnEnglish to help you develop your vocabulary and conversational expressions. You might find it helpful to do some of the listening activities on our Listen and Watch page, and have a go at the vocabulary games.
I hope this helps
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Helen,
I am Arian from Iran. First of all I would like to thank you and you team for making such good and useful website. It is full of different subjects that lets you understand English and use it correctly in writing and speaking. As you said, speaking really needs study partners to practice. And sometimes it is difficult to find such partners.
I just have a suggestion. And that is a chat room here in this website. Then all members can find some good partners for speaking. I guess this will be very helpful to those who want improve their speaking ability.   
Thank you!

I'm very happy to hear that you like the site so much. We would like to have a chat room on the website, but we have the problem that some of our users are children and we need to find a way to protect them.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi every one,
I hope i will improve my english language, specially my grammar and vocabulary.


I'm working as a recruiter, so this audio is very helpful for me.
I agree with John's advices of writing CV - only relevant information!
And remember - you should write CV for concrete post. For example - if you apply for a job in any shop - don't write that you have been working in a laboratory for 2 years - it's not relevant. Write only this things which are needed and connected with post. 
BUT: If You have been working as a waitress, and now you're applying for job in shop - You should write Your last job experience. Why? Because working as a waitress and as a shop-assistant requires social skills, good relationship with people etc. In this situation - it's relevant and all in all - both of these occupations are related.

This program is very useful for me.
I learn more about from here.
Thanks a lot.

This podcast is very usefull and interesting. I need to study English for my work and you are helping me a lot whit this site.

 very good