Getting a new job or promotion is a major achievement. It’s a huge milestone in a persons life, and something many strive for. So when someone you know, be that family member, friend, colleague or even boss gets that new job they’ve been after it’s only polite to congratulate them on their success. It’s a simple but touching gesture, and if we’re looking at it from a selfish point of view, keeping that connection with a colleague at a new company could be beneficial to you in the future. They may even be a client of yours in the future!
You can send them a quick note with a simple message, or a congratulatory card to wish them well. You may prefer to write them a letter though, or if it’s a colleague or someone you don’t know as well then a formal email may be more appropriate.
So use one or some of the congratulations messages below to inspire your own or copy them directly as they are.
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These are some short and simple wishes congratulating a person on their new job or promotion. Use them in cards, a note or even on social media like Facebook or Twitter.
Including an inspirational or touching quote in your note or card is a great way to motivate the recipient. It can help to remind them of what it took to get where they are or to never stop striving for future success. See some great quotes below:
A new job can also be the time for humour. Put an even bigger smile on someone’s face with a funny joke or poke some fun at them over their new job or promotion.
Writing a congratulatory letter, email or note to someone doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few things to consider though.
Remember to keep in mind who you’re writing your note or letter to. If it’s a co-worker or friend then you can be a lot more informal and even jokey than if it were a boss or manager. Otherwise stay formal and respectful of the senior personnel.
Even if the letter/email/note is to a colleague or friend try to remain somewhat professional. From a personal perspective keeping a network of business friends is important to your own career and so making sure you maintain a good impression is necessary.
Don’t worry about making it too wordy or complicated. Congratulating is, obviously, the main thing you should be aiming to get across.
Whoever the recipient is make it clear you are pleased for them and wish them all the best in their new job.
If it’s for a coworker or colleague you will probably want to mention how you and everyone will miss them at the office. If you’ve worked closely with them at any point then you can take the opportunity to reminiscence on the successes or funny times you had together.
If the note/letter/email is to a colleague who you haven’t seen recently then you can mention where you found out about their new job. If it was through another colleague or friend, or even on something like social media then you can let them know. You can also ask to meet them for a drink or coffee if you want to catch up or offer your support in person. If so then don’t forget to include your contact details like phone number or email address.
Maintaining a relationship with someone after they have left your company is not only polite but could lead to further opportunities for yourself that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
If you’d prefer to send a more formal letter then use some of the examples below as an inspiration.
Congratulations on your new position. I’ve no doubt your skills will be a great asset to your new employers and the amount of experience you have a valuable addition to their organisation.
We’re all going to miss you here and I know I’m speaking on behalf of the whole team when I say we wish you all the best in your new job.
Congratulations on the amazing new opportunity! We’re going to miss and struggle to replace you but we know you’ll be a massive hit at [company name]
On a personal note I’m really going to miss you around the office. It won’t be the same without you! But I know you’ve made the right choice and wish you so much success!
I was delighted to hear you had been promoted! I know how much you’d wanted it for such a long time now, but as they say – good things come to those who wait!
I’d love to catch up soon and you can tell me how you’re getting on (and maybe all the new gossip!)
Hope everything goes well in the first few days. Don’t worry though, you’ll be fine!
You might want to send an email rather than a letter however. Emailing has become so prominent and is such a big part of many jobs and businesses that sending an email of congratulations is perfectly acceptable. See the example emails below to give you a idea of what to say.
Subject: Congratulations on the New Job
I was so pleased to hear of your new position at [company name].
Your hard work and dedication to your job have not gone unnoticed and you’re being rewarded for that now. I have no worries that you will they’ve in your new position.
If there’s anything I can do to help with your moving between roles then don’t hesitate to to get in touch.
Your email address
Your phone number
Your social media handles (if you have any)
Your website (if you have one)
You should now have more than enough inspiration to say to a friend or colleague “congratulations on your new job”. Whichever way you decide to – letter, email, a funny message – they will appreciate you reaching out and offering your best wishes for their new job.