Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

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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


Hello everybody from Spain,

The first of all I want to say is that the advices are right but obvious too, I know that my resume can't have more than one page and that it can't have spelling mistakes. In my opinion the best way to create a good resume is try to do it original in order to difference to the rest of the people and not to use basic templates, in google you can find a lot of them very helpful.

In my country is better to attach a picture in your resume, so if you are thinking about to work in Spain, try to put a good picture of you in your CV and in the social networks too (Linkedin and so on).

Hello British council Team,

I would like to ask you about the Placement part. I've just finished my studies of Airline management. It's a technical programme and I'm currently working at an airline. It's a Placement or internship job. I read Marwa1083's comment on this, so I'm planning on looking for a job at an airline, since I'm about to finish the current one. Isn't it important to mention the airline intership experience? Or the previous comment was something specific? Thanks in advanced for your answer.

Hello juse803roa,

As the advice in the text says, you should state all of your relevant experience, including placements and internships:

John Woodrow: Perhaps your high school, but it’s mostly further education we’re interested in, university or college, then any professional qualifications you may have, as well as work experience, of course.

Interviewer: That’s important?

John Woodrow: Oh yes – placements or internships all count!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

What does the word placement -on this paragraph-mean???
Woodrow suggests that placements are not important when describing your experience.
Thanks in advance

Hello Marwa1083,

A placement is a form of temporary work which is part of a course of study. For example, someone studying accountancy might have a placement in an accountancy firm for six months so that he or she can gain experience of the work in the real world. The work is usually paid, but at a lower rate than normal.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Peter

Thank you for those useful informations

really good for job aspirants

Hi everyone
It's hadeer
I found it so much fun to learn English and get these useful information
And I admire this kind of good work

Yes! Good cv drives you to get the interview. I have to note down the must follow the rules of writing cv. (1. Must clear 2. Not more than 3 pages 3. Put only relevant information). Easy and thank for sharing with you.
Good day ahead..