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


I agree with you. Some years ago I was a executive managemer and I had to decide about hiring employees. I usually selected CVs which were short and useful.

The person who reads the hundreds of CVs advises to use the application form, which is tailored to a company for recruitment process. Advises on writing a CV are: keep it short, keep it simple, keep it relevant because anything longer than three pages goes automatically into the bin. One more important advice is no fancy fonts or photographs. John Woodrow sad, that for an employer don’t need to know what people look like, just what they’ve done, and what they’re capable of.
To my mind it entirely depends on our skills, talents, capabilities at the active stage of our life. All changes in the second non-active stage of our life: the age becomes the priority.

These is a question I'm dealing with it.
Could anyone tell me why in the last question of task one the answer is FALSE?

The question is "Woodrow names two languages from Asia as being useful."
and he said in the script "Spanish is useful, Russian, Mandarin Chinese too"
So the answer can be True (Russian and Chinese)

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!