[Indrajit B] Writing Practice Test 1 31681
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You work for an international company, and would like to spend six months working in its head office in another country.
Write a letter to your manager. In your letter:
- explain why you want to work in the company’s head office for six months
- say how your work could be done while you are away
- ask for his/her help in arranging it,
You should write at least 150 words.
Dear Mr. Brown
I'm writing this letter in connection with an upcoming training program to be held in our head office in Zurich, Switzerland. I'm very much interested in attending this program, which will be of 6 months duration starting late autumn.
In last few years, I have gained substantial knowledge in insurance domain, which I have leveraged as a software architect to build various data driven applications; however, I have always felt the need to have a formal training on insurance value chain and wanted real time exposure working with insurance underwriters and actuaries. This training program is tailor-made for me, wherein I'll have 2 months of theoretical classroom training followed by 4 months of hands-on project, where I'll be directly working with various insurance professionals.
I have also thought through a backup plan during my absence. I'll provide complete knowledge transfer to Manab, who is from the same team, to ensure that there is no impact on our projects when I'm away. I'll check my emails regularly and will have daily half an hour stand-up call with Manab to discuss critical issues that need my attention.
In order to enroll for this program, I would require an approval email and a justification letter from your end, outlining my current roles and responsibilities and how this program will be beneficial for me and my organization to grow and function in a better way.
It will be a "dream comes true moment" for me to visit our head office in Zurich and attend the training. I look forward to hearing from you.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some businesses find that their new employees lack basic interpersonal skills such as cooperative skills. What are the causes? Suggest possible solutions.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience
You should write at least 250 words.
It's noticed that some companies find their new recruits lacking various soft skills, such as helping other team members. Normally, this happens to organizations that recruit more contractors, rather than full time employees from other companies. There are various ways to tackle this issue, such as selection procedure and orientations programs.
Any person, who works on contractual basis, will try to isolate and guard his or her knowledge from rest of the team. Also, there is no incentive for contractors to help other team members, because they will be paid based on the work assigned to them, not on overall success of the team. On the other hand, full time employees will always have to ensure that overall target of the team is achieved, hence they develop various interpersonal skills, such team building, sharing of ideas and knowledge, cooperate with other team members. That's the reason why companies that recruit more contractors, often find out that their new employees lack basic social skills, which are essential for organization's success.
There are various ways to resolve this problem. First, businesses have to change their recruitment strategy and hire more resources who are currently full-time employees in other organizations. Even if, they choose to hire a contractor, it must be ensured that the person has substantial experience in working as a team member and contributed towards team's objective in his or her previous assignments. Second, organizations need to arrange orientation programs for new employees wherein their roles and responsibilities will be clearly defined and emphasis will be given to overall objective of the team and not so much to individual contributions. New recruits should also be informed how they will be rewarded if collective target or goal of their respective teams is achieved.
In conclusion, even if some organizations find their new employees lacking certain interpersonal skills, which are critical for company's growth, there are ways to tackle this problem if businesses are ready to change their recruitment and orientation strategies.