General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 26 - You are due to start a new job next week

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 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.

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own address.

Model Answer 1:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you regarding my joining date for the post of Internal Auditor that your organisation, KSM Chartered Accountants, offered me last week. I regret to inform you that I will not be able to join on the pre-agreed date. Please allow me to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please let me take a moment to elaborate why I will not be able to join your organisation on 15th June 2015. Unfortunately, last week while playing football, I sprained my ankle. For this accident, I was rushed to the emergency room and was hospitalised for the next few days. Since my doctor advised me to not to walk for the next few days, it will be practically impossible for me to join your company on the stipulated date.

I trust you can understand my dire circumstances. If possible, I would like to postpone my joining date by one week. Please let me know if this would be acceptable?

Looking forward to your supportive reply,


[Written by - Sameed Qureshi]


Model Answer 2:

Dear Ms David,

I am writing concerning the position of Assistant Office Manager that I am due to begin next Monday. However, a problem has arisen.

As you know, I currently work for my uncle’s food-packing business, and you will remember from my interview that I have gained valuable experience there.
Unfortunately, he has had to go into hospital for an operation, leaving my aunt in charge of both the home and the business. She has asked me, as this is a particularly
busy time of year, to stay on and help her with the running of the office.

I feel that it will be inconvenient for you but I very much hope that considering the circumstances, you would be prepared to allow me to take up my position with you two weeks later than you planned.

I would like to emphasise that I remain very keen to work with you and that I will be gaining further useful experience during this time.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Hall.


Sample Answer 3:

Dear Mr. Anirudh,

I am writing to inform you that I will not be able to join the office on the scheduled date that is on 13th Jan 2015. Please allow me to elaborate on this.

I have to rush to my hometown Reading for a week as some personal exigency has arrived. I just got the news and I am informing you first hand. My father has fallen and broke his ribs, he is hospitalised now. My mother is too old to handle all this alone. Hence I need to visit them immediately.

I would request you to empathise with my situation. I am very much keen and excited to join the office and would love to work under your supervision. Kindly postpone my date of joining by another week that is 18th Jan 2015.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanking you,


[ by - Geetika Bakshi] 
Sample Answer 4:

Dear Sir,

I regret to inform you that it is not possible for me to join your company on the first week of April month as I had told you at the interview. I need extra one week to join the Smith Company because suddenly I had been attacked by severe viral fever.

In the interview, I told you that I require 15 days to finish my current office works. Unfortunately, I was in a hospital for seven days due to the fact that a severe fever attacked me. Therefore, I could not complete my works, so I need extra seven days to finish my current job works. If you want to see the prescription from my doctor, I will show you at your convenience.

However, I am eagerly waiting for joining to your company. I can join in your company in the second week of April.  If I need to talk anyone for this matter please let me know, I will be ready to explain my situation to him. Sorry for any inconvenience that might arise for this.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.   
Yours faithfully,

[ by - Mahtab Uddin ] 

Sample Answer 5:

Dear Mr. King,
I have been recruited by your organisation in the last walk-in held at your LA office and am supposed to join you next week. However, due to some personal emergency, I will not be able to do so and thus I am writing this letter to you.

Last week, my mother was very ill and I had to rush her to a local hospital. After a few tests, the doctors informed us that she had sugar problem viz. diabetes. She was prescribed with a dose of medicines to keep her sugar level in check. The doctor instructed that she should be brought for a daily checkup to the hospital for the next three weeks. Coincidentally, my father is away in another city for work and I am the only one to take her for the checkup.

I sincerely apologise for not being able to turn up to work next week but I assure you that I will be available in the office, on the Monday of the week after i.e.  14th May 2015. My father is returning home in the next weekend and he will then take over the responsibility of taking my mother to the hospital from me, making me available for my office commitments.

Yours Sincerely,
John Carter.

[ by - Ripal Vyas ] 
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