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Interviewer: LearnEnglish Professionals is talking to John Woodrow, who works in the Human Resources department of a large UK-based company. John, tell us about your work ... John Woodrow: I work on recruitment, especially – so I’m the person who reads the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year! Interviewer: Do you accept CVs as part of your recruitment process? John Woodrow: When we advertise for a particular post, we send out our own application form, which is tailored to our company, and we can use it to make sure we find exactly what we’re looking for ... Interviewer: So a CV is useless? John Woodrow: No! Interviewer: So we should be sending you our CVs? John Woodrow: Yes, absolutely, yes! Interviewer: What advice can you give us on writing a CV? John Woodrow: Keep it short, keep it simple, keep it relevant. Interviewer: So we’re going to look at a couple of CVs now ... John Woodrow: Yes – these are a couple that arrived just this morning, so let’s take a look ...

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