Letter Writing # 178 - You want to delay the joining for two weeks

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  • Feb 04, 2023 10:00 AM

The blog first gives general information about IELTS writing task 1 for the General training module, that is, a letter. Then, it puts across an IELTS Letter sample question followed by four model answers to the same sample question for students to consider. 

IELTS Letter – Writing Task 1 (General training Module)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized test that measures the English language proficiency of non-native speakers. The test consists of four sections: Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking. One of the tasks in the Writing section is to write a letter.

There are two types of letters in IELTS: Informal and Formal Letter.

Informal Letter

This type of letter is typically a personal letter, such as a letter to a friend or a family member, or a letter asking for information. It should be semi-formal in tone and between 150-250 words long.

Formal Letter

This type of letter is typically more formal and should follow a specific format, such as a cover letter or a letter of complaint. It should also be between 150-180 words long.

Also read : Tips to Write Task-1 (letters) in GT IELTS

Regardless of the type of letter, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Follow the given task instructions carefully and answer all the bullet points mentioned.
  • Use a formal tone in a formal letter, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Structure your letter into clear paragraphs.
  • Use a range of words for vocabulary and complex sentence structures.
  • The letter should be proofread for spelling, punctuation, and, grammatical mistakes before finalising it.

IELTS Letter – Sample Question

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have been offered a job, asking you to start next week. You want the job very much but, because of a previous commitment, you want to delay the start for another two weeks. Write to the Manager, accepting the job, but explaining your situation and asking for the change to your start date.

You should write at least 150 words. You don't need to write any addresses.

IELTS Letter – Model Answer 1

Dear Manager,

I am writing to say a sincere thanks for considering and offering me the job opportunity. I am really happy and excited about the opportunity you offered me to join the team and contribute towards the success of the organisation. 

However, I would like to inform you that It would not be possible for me to start next week as previously discussed. I was wondering if it would be possible to delay my start date for another two weeks. I understand that this may cause inconvenience and I apologize for any trouble this may cause.

I would be happy to discuss any alternative arrangements that would be suitable for both parties. I am fully committed to the job and I assure you that I will make every effort to make up for the delay in starting.

Thank you for considering my request. I am eager to start and I hope that we can work together to find a mutually acceptable solution.

Joanne Angel

Also read : IELTS General Writing Task 1: Informal Letter Samples

IELTS Letter – Model Answer 2

Dear Sir,

I'm writing to thank you for contacting me about the position, which has always piqued my curiosity. I want to start by expressing that I am incredibly glad and excited about getting the chance to work for your firm and contribute to its success.

But before I can begin working for you, I have an obligation from my prior position that I must fulfil. However, I will be unable to begin my new employment with your organisation as scheduled the following week due to a work commitment from my prior employer.

I thus ask that my start date with your company be delayed by two weeks. I am completely aware that this would inconvenience you, but I sincerely hope that you will consider my situation. I can definitely make sure that I am committed to starting work as soon as possible and to making a valuable contribution to the company.

I believe that my skills and experience will be a good fit for the role, and I am eager to start working with the team. Thank you for considering my request. I am looking forward to your response and to the opportunity to join your team.

Angela Johnson

Also read : IELTS GT Writing Task 1/ IELTS Letter Writing

IELTS Letter – Model Answer 3

Dear Sir or Madam.

It is an amazing honour for me to learn from your email that you have officially finalised my executive hiring with your business. I see it as a significant step toward my future career, and I will give my position my all. However, I'm writing to ask for your approval to push out the joining date.

I'm sorry, but I am unable to start on June 15 as you had anticipated. I officially informed my present job a month ago, and they were supportive of my choice. They have, however, most recently asked for a longer period of time so they may train a colleague and take over the projects I am now working on.

With my current employer, I've already committed to a project that will take me another week to complete. I am therefore forced to continue working with them for another two weeks by my manager's new request. I thus ask that my joining date be postponed, and I am quite certain that I will begin working for you on July 1.

I'm hoping you'll let me finish up my contract with the present employer so I can start working for your company on July 1.

Yours Faithfully,
Daren Smith

IELTS Letter – Model Answer 4

Dear Madam,

I am writing in reply to the job that has been offered to me by your organisation. I would be extremely happy and grateful for the chance you have provided me to join your team and accept the offer. However, I have a commitment that I need to fulfill in the upcoming two weeks, and it requires my full attention to be completed.

Therefore, I would like to request you if it is possible to move forward my start date with your organisation by three weeks so that I can complete my task. I completely understand that this may result in some inconvenience, but I would like to reassure you that I will try my best to complete my delayed tasks once I start with your company.

I am eager to contribute my skills and enthusiasm to the company, and I believe that this small delay will not impact my ability to do so. I would like to express my deep appreciation for your understanding in this matter. I am looking forward to the opportunity to join your team and I am confident that I will be a valuable asset.

I will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition and I am available to discuss any further details or arrangements. Thank you again for the opportunity and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Best regards,
Joanne Smith

We hope after reading this blog, you will be able to differentiate between various letters that appear in the IELTS exam. After going through the sample question and the model answers, you will be well equipped to pen down an answer to a question that asks you to write a letter in the final exam. 

Also read : IELTS Letter Writing Topics 2022