During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman: Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ]

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman who owns a chain of restaurants. You talked to him and he suggested that you should contact him about a possible job in one of his restaurants.

Write a letter to this businessman. In your letter,

  • remind him when and where you met
  • tell him what kind of job you are interested in
  • say why you think you would be suitable for the job

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………,


  1. Impression (noun) – An idea, feeling, or opinion about something or someone.
  • Example: The businessman made a positive impression during our flight conversation.
  1. Hospitable (adjective) – Friendly and welcoming to visitors or guests.
  • Example: I’ve always been praised for my hospitable nature, which would be an asset in a restaurant setting.
  1. Cuisine (noun) – A style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment.
  • Example: I am passionate about Italian cuisine and have worked in an Italian restaurant before.

Sample Letter:

Dear Mr. [Businessman’s Last Name, e.g., Thompson],

I trust this letter finds you well. My name is [Your Name], and we had the pleasure of meeting during a flight from [Departure City, e.g., London] to [Arrival City, e.g., New York] last week. We sat next to each other and engaged in an enlightening conversation about the restaurant industry and your successful chain of eateries.

Following our discussion, I am writing to express my interest in pursuing a job opportunity within your esteemed chain of restaurants. I am particularly keen on a position related to [specific job role, e.g., ‘restaurant management’ or ‘head chef’].

Having graduated from [University or Culinary School, e.g., ‘The Culinary Institute of America’], I possess a comprehensive understanding of [specific cuisine or aspect, e.g., ‘Italian cuisine’]. My experience includes [specific job experience, e.g., ‘managing a team in a fast-paced dining environment and curating a menu that caters to diverse clientele’]. Furthermore, my hospitable nature and passion for ensuring a memorable dining experience make me believe I would be an invaluable asset to your team.

Given the reputation and excellence associated with your chain of restaurants, I am enthusiastic about the possibility of contributing to your team and learning from the best in the business. I would be grateful for an opportunity to discuss this further.

Thank you for considering my application. I am looking forward to the possibility of joining your esteemed team.

Warm regards,

[Your Name].

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