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IELTS General Writing Task 1: Job Application Letter

IELTS Job Application Letter is a formal or semi-formal type of letter. There are usually 3 tasks you have to address in the letter.

Here is an example how the task may look like:

WRITING TASK 1 (General)

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman who owns a chain of restaurants. You talked to him and he suggested that you should contact him about a possible job in one of his restaurants.

Write a letter to this businessman. In your letter

  • remind him when and where you met
  • tell him what kind of job you are interested in
  • say why you think you would be suitable for the job

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ... ,

Note! You will find the IELTS Job Application Letter Sample with grammar corrections and estimated band score down below.

IELTS Job Application Letter Structure & Vocabulary

We have prepared a job application letter structure with common phrases for you to help you compose the letter and ensure you use the right tone.

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JOB APPLICATION LETTER

  • 1
    Dear Sir/Madam, (or name if given)
  • 2
    Position – where advertised, when?
  • 3
    Skills, diplomas, experience, personality
  • 4
    Why are you interested? Motivation, interview, references
  • 5
    Formal ending, name, signature
  1. Dear Sir/Madam, (or name if given)
  2. Position – where advertised, when?
    • I would like to apply for the position of … advertised in "Times" of January 19th, 2019 / "The Wings" issue of December 2018.
    • I am writing with regard to your advertisement published in the January's "Metro" / in yesterday's "Times".
    • I am writing to you to express interest in the ... position as advertised on Careerone.com.au.
  3. Skills, diplomas, experience, personality
    • Age, qualifications, present job
    • I am a ... with more than 10 years of experience in ...
    • I am a recent graduate of the ... University and I have a significant background in ...
    • I graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016 with a degree in ...
    • At present, I am employed as a ... by company ...
    • Experience
    • As you can see from my CV, I am a ... with 10 years of experience.
    • I had one-year internship/apprenticeship with ... and the following 3 years ...
    • For the past two years I have worked as ... / I was responsible for ...
    • Skills and personal qualities
    • I consider myself to be reliable, hard-working and enthusiastic.
    • I am used to working at a fast pace to meet deadlines.
  4. Why are you interested? Motivation, interview, references

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    • I would like to apply my skills in your company.
    • I believe the position you offer will give me the opportunity to ...
    • If you find my skills and experience suitable, please contact me to schedule an interview.
    • I feel that my experience in sales makes me well suited for this position.
    • I consider myself a most suitable applicant for the job.
    • I have enclosed my references and resume.
    • I hope you will consider my application.
    • I would be happy to send you references from my previous employers if you require them.
  5. Formal ending, name, signature
    • I would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.
    • I look forward to meeting you to discuss the possibility of employment.
    • Thank you for your time and consideration!
    • Yours sincerely, ... (you know the name of person you are writing to)
    • Yours faithfully, ... (you don't know the name!)

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IELTS Job Application Letter Sample (Corrected)

During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman who owns a chain of restaurants. You talked to him and he suggested that you should contact him about a possible job in one of his restaurants.

Write a letter to this businessman. In your letter

  • remind him when and where you met
  • tell him what kind of job you are interested in
  • say why you think you would be suitable for the job

Begin as follows: Dear ... ,

Dear TomMr Smith,

My name is Edmond Stafford, and we met on a flight from Osaka to Hong Kong ofwith Peach Airlines on the 1st of July, we arrived at arriving in Hong Kong at 3pm. and weWe sat next to each other, wetalked during the flight and weexchanged our namebusiness cards. I believehope you will remember who I am. as you suggested I contact you regarding a job in one of your restaurants. Today I am writing to express my interest in thea position in the chain of your restaurants.

You havementioned aboutyour chain of restaurants and that you would like to expand it and use more information technology for youto manage them easily, especially the inventory and point of sales. As I told you during the flight, I am an IT expert, so I am particularly interested in thean IT system development jobproject which canto help you in these two areas.

I am a suitable person for you because I have 10 years of system development experience, specialising in point of sales systems for supermarkets and convenient stores. I believe my skills and experience can help you to set up and customise a robust point of sales system for your chain of restaurants. We can discuss this further face-to-face, and I am available anytime next week, you can call me by thethrough my contact information to decideset a date. I look forward to hearing from yousoon.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Edmond Stafford

(229 words)

6.5

Band Score Estimate
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Brief comments:

  • arrive at Hong Kong International Airport / arrive in Hong Kong (country)
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