Request to Delay Job Start Date: IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have been offered a job, asking you to start next week.
You want the job very much but, because of a previous commitment, you want to delay the start for another two weeks.
Write to the manager, accepting the job, but explaining your situation and asking for the change to your start date.

You should write at least 150 words.

Dear [Manager’s Name],

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for offering me the [job position] at [Company Name]. I am thrilled to join your team and contribute to the ongoing success of the organization.

However, I would like to request a change in the proposed start date. You have asked me to commence my role next week, but due to a prior commitment, I am unable to do so. I understand that this may cause some inconvenience, but I kindly request that my start date be postponed by two weeks. This would allow me to fulfill my current obligations and transition smoothly into my new role at [Company Name].

I am eager to become an integral part of your team and believe that this additional time will enable me to start with full dedication and enthusiasm. I hope you understand my situation and consider my request for a delayed start date.

Once again, thank you for the opportunity to join [Company Name]. I look forward to contributing my skills and expertise to the company’s growth and success. Please let me know if my request can be accommodated and if there are any further steps I need to take to facilitate this change.


[Your Name]