Cue Card and Follow Up Questions for the IELTS Speaking Test

I still remember the day of 2 years ago, when I was looking for a job in Marketing field. Based on my background and working experience, I could only apply for a position as an executive or a trainee. For that position, I had successfully found a job in Unilever – the leading company in FMCG field. That job exactly suited me well, so I made up my mind to write a letter on the purpose of applying for the vacancy in that company. According to the information provided in the recruitment post, I contacted HR Department to send my CV as well as cover letter, letting them know more about me.

In the letter, I wrote a lot about myself, including my introduction, academic performance, related working experience. Besides, I also included my strength, weakness and my expectation for the job I applied for in the letter. The most important content, I think, was my willingness to work and contribute to the whole company. By including those contents in my letter, I hope that they can get to know more about me, thus, choose me for that position. Finally, I thanked them and expressed my hope to receive their reply and being able to meet them in person so that they can judge my potential for the position they were recruiting.

Fortunately, I got the position I had applied for as soon as I sent the email. Now, I’ve been promoted to a senior position already, but I still remember the letter which marks a turning point in my career.


What are the different kinds of letters that the post office delivers?

I suppose that would include things such as letters, small packages or parcels, newspapers, magazines, flyers, newsletters, catalogs, brochures and other advertising material, as well as official documents such as utility bills, bank statements, credit card statements and other similar documents – really, anything that somebody decides to send through the mail/post.

What can people do if they receive unwanted advertising in the mail?

I believe they can do a couple of things; they can contact the company which sent the unwanted advertising and request so that they do not send anymore, or they can just simply delete it form their mailbox.

Why do people write letters to newspapers?

People helpfully want to point out a side issue that may not have been covered in a recent story, or add to the information that was presented. And sometimes people want to complain about how an issue was presented in the paper, which may include a request for a correction.

Do you think it is better to apply for a job by letter or by email? (Why/ Why not?)

I think it would be better to send a letter with resume to apply for a job as it sends a clear message that the job seekers are serious enough to put down their capabilities on a piece of paper and it is more concrete than an email. Moreover, emails being digital could have many problems when sending like they could be sent to spam resulting in it not being checked by the employer.

What do you think is the most difficult kind of letter to write?

I think complaining about something is quite difficult because you want the person reading it to take your complaint seriously without seeming rude or offensive to them –so it’s a case of choosing the exact language you use very carefully, setting the correct tone while being firm and clear about what you expect to happen.

What arc the advantages and disadvantages of emails compared to handwritten letters?

Emails are quicker to write, send and they arrive instantly in the inbox of the recipient. You do not have to buy paper, you do not have to buy an envelope, and you do not have to go to the mailbox or post office to send it. Emails are fast, free and environmentally friendly because there’s no transport involved.

As for disadvantages – I cannot think of any. However, obviously to send an email to someone, the other person must have an internet be able to receive it. That is about the only limitation.