IELTS General Training Task 1: a letter to your new employer

IELTS General Training Task 1: a business letter
You should spend 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

Dear Mr Smith,
I am writing concerning the position of Education Counsellor that I am due to begin next Wednesday, 15th April 2018. For some unavoidable reasons, I am unable to take up this position on the agreed date.
My son is in 10th class. His board examinations were supposed to be over on the 5th April, but due to a paper leak scandal, the Central Board of Secondary Education has cancelled the last exam of Mathematics. There are reports that the board will reschedule the exam for all 10th class students. The new exam date is not yet announced and as of now, the situation remains quite unclear. Due to this problem, I have to postpone my date of joining in your organization.
Please accept my sincere apologies and know that I fully understand the inconvenience this issue has caused.
I hope that you would allow me to take up my position with you three weeks later than originally planned. I would like to emphasise that I remain very keen to work with your organisation. This postponement would as I very well realize will affect student enrolment in the busiest time of the year but as I have stated before I do not have much of a choice in the matter.
I look forward to receiving a positive reply.
Kind Regards,
Akriti Singh


IELTS Dehradun Tel: 8439000086

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