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Sample IELTS Letter – 008 – Describing a New Job

Below is a sample letter for Task 1 of the General IELTS Writing Section. It is an informal letter, which can be identified in several ways:

  • the tone, which is warm, friendly and conversational
  • the use of first names (Eva, Brenda)
  • the use of contractions (you’ve, wasn’t)
  • the use of informal expressions (“Sorry, but…”, “how about you?”)
  • the closing salutation ( “Warm wishes”, instead of the more formal “Yours sincerely” or “Yours faithfully”)


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have recently started work in a new company.

Write a letter to an English-speaking friend. In your letter,

  • explain why you changed jobs
  • describe your new job
  • tell him / her your other news

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear __________,

Dear Eva,

How are you? I hope you’ve been well. Sorry for having been out of touch for a short while. There have been some changes in my life and I wanted to let you know the latest from my side.

The big news is that I have finally changed my job! Do you remember when you were here on holiday, I always talked about how I hated my boring bank job? Well, it was clear I needed a change. So, finally, I took a part-time TESL course and trained to be an ESL teacher. Now I’m working full-time in a private language school. I teach General English, Business English and IELTS. Each day, I look forward to going to work. My students come from all over the world and I love teaching them as well as learning from them.

Aside from that, I also moved to a new apartment near the school where I work. It’s small, but downtown, so I am right in the heart of the city, instead of way out in the suburbs. Suddenly, there’s so many fun things to do, in the evenings too. I am a much happier person today because of these recent changes.

So, how about you? I hope you’ll have a chance to visit Canada again soon. In the meantime, please write and let me know what’s new with you.

Warm wishes


(226 words)


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