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 Scuba74,

Thanks for your kind words - it's always great to hear that people appreciate our work. We are developing a page to help users learn to write cover letters, but I'm afraid it's not yet ready to publish. In the meantime, you can find a lot of information on the internet by searching for 'how to write a cover letter', and you can also find some useful information about writing formal letters on the Formal letters page at our sister site, the ESOL Nexus.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Andrea,

Most job advertisments will give some information about what you should put in your cover letter. For example, they may say 'Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you think you would be suitable for this post', or something similar. It's important to pay attention to this and make sure your cover letter includes this information.

The cover letter should, of course, be polite and clearly written. It should state your intention (i.e. that you wish to apply for the post), introduce you briefly, summarising your background and relevant experience and qualifications, and saying why you are a good candidate, referring to your background and also your character (hardworking, honest, a good team player etc). It should not go into too much detail or tell your life story, however. Remember that you are creating a first impression with your letter and an over-long and boring letter will be counter-productive. The employer needs to know relevant information and if they want more details they will be able to find out at the interview stage.

I hope those tips are helpful. I am sure you can find a lot of information on the internet on the topic of cover letters, and some examples, with a few simple searches.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello kenop76,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment!  It's great to hear that we're helping people with their English!

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The LearnEnglish Team

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Dear Kirk, I faced some problems while doing online tasks. Would you please help me in solving them. Actually, there is no problem in tasks. I am just wondering, where I can find correct answers for Task 3, as I am not good with prepositions.

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Hi AJnelly,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! We're glad that you've joined us!

You can see the correct answers by clicking on the Finish button (just to the right of the red Check Answers button). By the way, there's another short exercise on our Adjectives & Prepositions page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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