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IELTS Writing Task 1 General – You are due to start a new job next week

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are due to start a new job next week but you will not be able to because you have some problems.

Write a letter to your new employer. In your letter:

  • Explain your situation.
  • Describe your problems.
  • Tell him/her when you think you can start.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,

Sample Answer 1 (166 Words, 11 Sentences, 6 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am writing to you regarding my joining date for the post of Internal Auditor that your organization, KSM Chartered Accountants, offered me last week. I regret to inform you that I will not be able to join on the pre-agreed date. Please allow me to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please let me take a moment to elaborate why I will not be able to join your organization on 15th June 2015. Unfortunately, last week while playing football, I sprained my ankle. For this accident, I was rushed to the emergency room and was hospitalized for the next few days. Since my doctor advised me to not to walk for the next few days, it will be practically impossible for me to join your company on the stipulated date.

I trust you can understand my dire circumstances. If possible, I would like to postpone my joining date by one week. Please let me know if this would be acceptable?

Looking forward to your supportive reply,
(Source: Written by Sameed Qureshi )

Sample Answer 2 (165 Words, 9 Sentences, 10 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Ms David,

I am writing concerning the position of Assistant Office Manager that I am due to begin next Monday. However, a problem has arisen.

As you know, I currently work for my uncle’s food-packing business, and you will remember from my interview that I have gained valuable experience there.
Unfortunately, he has had to go into hospital for an operation, leaving my aunt in charge of both the home and the business. She has asked me, as this is a particularly
busy time of year, to stay on and help her with the running of the office.

I feel that it will be inconvenient for you but I very much hope that considering the circumstances, you would be prepared to allow me to take up my position with you two weeks later than you planned.

I would like to emphasize that I remain very keen to work with you and that I will be gaining further useful experience during this time.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Hall.

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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