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Sample IELTS job application letter

The letter question

You are looking for part-time employment.

Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter

introduce yourself

explain what type of work you are looking for

say what experience and skills you have

Read the application letter

Dear Sirs

I am writing to register with your agency as a part-time teacher of English as a second language. I am returning to work after an extended break to bring up my young children. While I am flexible and would consider other positions, I would ideally prefer to work for around 12 hours a week in an accredited language school teaching young adults.

You will see from my enclosed resume that I have over ten years experience as a teacher and that I have been employed in a variety of different sectors including primary, secondary and higher education. My most recent job was working in China teaching academic English to students studying to go to university in the UK. I was not only responsible for delivering lessons, but also helped to redesign the course. You will also note that I have a degree in TESOL in addition to my first degree in classics and a diploma in using technology in the classroom.

Please could you let me know whether you have any suitable positions available for me.

Yours faithfully

 

Practise writing the letter

Do the lesson

Understanding the IELTS job application letter question

You should see that the question asks you to write about three different points. It is important that you include all these points in your letter. If you do not, you will be penalised heavily on Task Response.

You are looking for part-time employment.

Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter

introduce yourself

explain what type of work you are looking for

say what experience and skills you have

Notes on the sample IELTS job application letter

Dear Sirs

I am writing to register with your agency as a part-time teacher of English as a second language. I am returning to work after an extended break to bring up my young children. While I am flexible and would consider other positions, I would ideally prefer to work for around 12 hours a week in an accredited language school teaching young adults.

You will see from my enclosed resume that I have over ten years experience as a teacher and that I have been employed in a variety of different sectors including primary, secondary and higher education. My most recent job was working in China teaching academic English to students studying to go to university in the UK. I was not only responsible for delivering lessons, but also helped to redesign the course. You will also note that I have a degree in TESOL in addition to my first degree in classics and a diploma in using technology in the classroom.

Please could you let me know whether you have any suitable positions available for me.

Yours faithfully

Vocabulary – think about the specific and the general

There is a danger in letters that you forget to use a good range of grammar and vocabulary. You want to think about the right words to use before you write. Sometimes it helps to think about the specific and general vocabulary you need.

Vocabulary – specific

Some of the words you use will relate to your “job”. These should be easy to find as you will probably know most of the technical words for your sector. All you need to do is to remember to use them. I have chosen to write about education and these are some of words I chose:

accredited language school

primary, secondary and higher education

academic English

delivering lessons

redesign the course

the classroom

Vocabulary – general

You should also think about more general vocabulary for the topic: the trap is to use “job” a lot.

Work words

return to work

flexible

position

be employed in

sectors

job

Experience and skills words

 over ten years experience

my most recent job

be responsible

have a master’s in

first degree in

a diploma in

Making the letter more formal

This is a more formal letter. Here a few structures and words that help me make it sound right. It doesn’t have to be very formal.

I am writing to  (less formal = Can I..)

I would consider (less formal = will take)

I would ideally prefer  (less formal = I’d really like)

You will see from my enclosed resume

Please could you let me know whether (less formal = Can you…)

A grammar trap

If you get a letter like this that asks you to write about experience, alarm bells should ring. Think tenses:

I have been employed in (general experience with no time)

I was responsible for (specific time in the past)

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4 Responses to Sample IELTS job application letter

  1. Maryam Fayez April 10, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    Fantastic…

  2. amrit bhullar July 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    wonderful

  3. gulruh January 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    I really like it

  4. Gulniza September 30, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    I have some questions, the first is do we need comma after dear sirs;the second is do we need indent in the first paragraph;and the last one is do we need write our name under yours faithfully.

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