Letter Writing # 240 - Express your interest in having full-time job

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You work as a part-time employee in a company. The company has recently posted an advertisement seeking a person for a full-time position. You want to apply for this full-time job.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter,

  • introduce yourself and explain why you are writing
  • express your interest in having this full-time job
  • explain why you think you are a suitable candidate for the post

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,


Model Answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am John Vanbrugh, and I work as a part-time Accounting Executive for Rainbow Inc. Recently, I have seen an advertisement, posted on our company’s general notice board, which has asked for a full-time Audit Executive to join your team. I would like to apply for this post.

In defence of my eligibility for this post, I would like to say that I have learned a great deal about the important short term and long term financial goals of our company after working for almost one year in my current role. Besides, I have also prepared some financial reports myself under the supervision of my senior Accounting Manager. And, as far as my educational qualifications are concerned, I have completed my Master’s degree in Economics with a good GPA. But, most importantly, I am already very much familiar with this company's culture to understand where my contributions are needed the most.

So, I am confident that if you hire me for this position, based on my current role at your company and my qualifications, I surely would be able to render excellent service to the company.

Yours faithfully,

John Vanbrugh


Tips on completing this letter task:

From the letter question, you know that you want to apply for a full-time job in a company where you already work as a part-time employee. The letter should be addressed to your manager. But it should begin as "Dear Sir or Madam" rather than "Mr Alfred", for example, as the instruction clearly tells you how to begin your letter:

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

There are three bullet points in the letter question. You should answer all these three points in your letter answer. The first point is "introduce yourself and explain why you are writing". As this is an official letter and your manager would be interested in knowing about your designation, job type, job responsibilities, qualifications and special skills rather than your house address, family, and favourite hobby, keep it strict to your job. Also clearly state why you are writing (ie. I am writing to apply for the position of ...).

The second bullet point is "express your interest in having this full-time job". In the second paragraph, give some details of your current job position, how well you are performing and why you would like to apply for this full-time job. You can also mention how you have learned about this job advertisement/announcement, and how much you know about this full-time job.

The Third paragraph should express why you think you are the right candidate for this full-time job. Here you need to express some of your qualifications, special skills and achievement in your part-time position to convince your manager to hire you for the full-time job. It is worth mentioning that the full-time job can be in the same position you are working as a part-timer or can be a different position.

Finally, sign off your letter. As it is a formal letter, write "Yours faithfully" rather than "Yours sincerely" or "Yours ever".

Quick Tips:
Avoid using contractions like "hasn't", "I'm", "you're" in a formal letter. These are accepted (even recommended) in personal letters, but not in a formal letter.

Related Vocabulary:

Delivered: So far, I have delivered all the projects in a timely fashion and I have a good reputation for being disciplined.

Supervised: I have supervised a team of ten people in my previous job and I consider myself a great team player.

Participated: I have participated in some training and skill development courses after I finished my graduation.

On-time: I am always on time for organised events, work-related or otherwise.  

Achievement: I have identified and helped my previous company to set up a new system that has tremendously enhanced the output of our office.

Automation: I was a part of the team that played a major role in automating the office and its work process.

Flexible: I am flexible in my working hours, being able to work evenings and weekends, if required.

Enthusiastic: I am dependable, energetic and enthusiastic, and these qualities help me thrive for excellence.

Able: I am able to work independently or as a part of a team, based on project demand. I am also able to handle multiple tasks.

Innovative: I always work hard and use my creativity to add innovative approaches to complete the projects I work on.

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