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GT Task 1: During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

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 ………………,

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Mr Barron,

I am Robert Caldwell, who sat next to you on a flight from Brisbane to London on September 18th. You offered me your business card after hearing about my enthusiasm to work in a restaurant. I am writing regarding my keen interest to work in one of your restaurants as an assistant manager.

It was very kind of you to advise me that I should contact you if I ever want to work in a restaurant. As I mentioned briefly during our delightful conversation, I used to work at a restaurant as an assistant manager and took a break from work to complete my Master’s degree. Now that I am willing to work again, I would like you to consider me as a potential employee in one of your restaurants in Australia – perhaps as an assistant manager.

I have worked as an assistant manager in a reputed restaurant in Melbourne for about 3 years, and before that, I was in charge of the customer care department in a retail shop. I have completed a course in hotel management from one of the top management schools in Australia. I am positive that my skills and expertise will be useful to your organisation.

If you have any queries, please contact me at the email address or phone number provided on my Curriculum Vitae.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Caldwell


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Mr Reynold,

I am Paul Strang, and I am lucky enough to have been introduced to you just a few days ago. Not sure if you will remember me, but I had an opportunity to talk with you about two weeks ago when we both were travelling by air from Boston to Dallas.

I was sitting next to you, and after we got introduced, we had some interesting conversations. You were kind enough to suggest to me that I should contact you for a possible job position at one of your restaurants. So, here I am, sir, as I would like to apply for a managerial position at your restaurant.

I think that I would be a very suitable candidate for the managerial position in one of your restaurants because I have already worked as an Assistant Human Resource and Payroll Manager for a large and busy residential hotel in my hometown. I have learned a great deal about customers’ needs in the service industry. Besides, I also have a post-graduate diploma in human resource management.

So, based on my credentials and experience, I think, I should be able to render excellent service to your company. I would very much like to work for your company. I am hoping that you would give me an opportunity to prove my worth.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Strang


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