Letter Sample #139 – You recently applied for two separate jobs

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 139

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You recently applied for two separate jobs. Both of them have chosen to hire you, but you must write a letter to one of them explaining why you are unable to take the position.

Write a letter to the HR of the company. In your letter,

  • give an explanation of your situation
  • thank them for choosing you for the job
  • apologize for turning down the job offer

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 would like to thank you for offering me the position of Senior Research Officer at your esteemed company which, I believe, draws top-class research scholars and academicians from all over the country. I also thank you for offering such great salary and benefits which, I think, are some of the best in the industry. However, I regret to inform you that I would not be able to accept the offer right now.

Despite being offered such a lucrative job, I will not be able to accept it because I have been offered another job. The offer has come from a university where I would have to work as an Assistant Professor. The reason, for which I have decided to accept this job offer, is that it would allow me to enjoy my time in a more interactive environment in the company of students than spending long hours in isolation in order to conduct the research works. Besides, this job would also allow me to stay close to my elderly parents.

Therefore, I would like to apologize to you for being unable to accept your job offer, even though it is a very lucrative one. Nevertheless, if I ever plan to work as a researcher, I will definitely apply to your company in the future.

Yours faithfully,

Anita Gilbert

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