IELTS Writing Task One #22


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are looking for a part-time job. Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter:

  • introduce yourself
  • explain what sort of job you would like
  • say what experience and skills you have

You should write at least 150 words.

model answer:

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am a Dutch national from Amsterdam and at present, I am studying for a Master’s degree in Information Technology here, at the Vrije University, where I have been for the last three months. I am looking for a part-time job and I wonder if you can help me.

Probably, I would like an office job, perhaps working as a secretary, office administrator or typist. I can only work during the afternoons and at weekends as my university studies occupy most of the day. I would be ready to start immediately. As you can see from Curriculum Vitae, I have a degree in IT from the University of Amsterdam.

I am a competent typist and I am computer-literate. In addition, I speak Dutch and German fluently and I have been learning English for the past three years. While I studied for my degree, I worked as a part-time office manager for an import-export firm in Amsterdam. In recent years, I have also had temporary summer job as a hotel receptionist in Brussels, Belgium.

I am looking forward to hearing from you,

Your faithfully,

Bleecker Dijkstra

(187 words)

Test tip1:

• Think carefully about who you are writing to and
how well you know them. Look at how the letter
begins  and decide how
semi-formal/formal the letter should be.

• Think carefully about why you are writing. Consider
the three points you are asked to cover in the task
and decide what kind of functional language e.g.
making requests … suggestions, etc., you need to use.

• Do not spend more than the recommended 20
minutes on this task. Remember the second task is
much longer and needs more time and is worth
twice as many marks.

• Do not repeat the exact words given in the task. Candidates that do this
usually find it difficult to fit this language to what they want to say. For
example, if the questions says give details, you might say.