Congratulate a Friend or Associate on Getting a New Job — Letter-Writing Tutorial


Use this is a letter to recognize a friend's or associate's success in getting a new job, and to extend your warm wishes for success. If you are writing to a new employee, see Welcome Letters.


1. Express your congratulations.


  • John told me that Doe Corporation has recruited you as an area manager, and I wanted to be among the first to congratulate you.
  • Congratulations, and best of luck in your new job.
  • Way to go! It is a real coup for you to get a job with Doe Corporation right out of school.
  • Congratulations on your new job as assistant manager.
  • I understand congratulations are in order. I just heard that you landed a job with Doe Corporation, one of the best companies in the business.
  • Doe Corporation certainly knew what they were doing when they recruited you.


  • a good move forward
  • a highly respected company
  • am so happy for you
  • best wishes for
  • came as no surprise
  • can imagine how proud
  • congratulations are in order
  • congratulations on
  • delighted to hear
  • don't know how lucky they are
  • extend my congratulations
  • have certainly earned this
  • here's to a great start
  • is known for
  • know that this experience will be
  • landed a job with
  • long string of successes
  • on your new job
  • on your new position

2. Acknowledge such things as the effort, dedication, energy, or sacrifice necessary for he achievement.


  • I was sorry to hear that you had been laid off in the recent wave of cuts at Doe Computers, because I know how much energy and effort you put into your work. Consequently, I was thrilled to hear that you had taken a better position with Doe Corporation.
  • I know that you landed the job with Doe Corp because you put a lot of effort and energy into your work. Luck had nothing to do with it.
  • You are the best engineer I know, and Doe Corporation was lucky to find you.
  • Good things always come to those who work hard, and I know how much effort and energy you put into your job.
  • I know you will excel in your new position because I have seen you in action.
  • I am glad you refused to settle for anything but the best.


  • after the layoffs
  • are one of the finest
  • as far as I can tell
  • deserved to land the job
  • good things always come to those
  • had the necessary leadership skills
  • hard work has paid off
  • have seen you in action
  • have undoubtedly paid off
  • have the ability to
  • have both the knowledge and the skills to
  • in your new position
  • knew what they were doing
  • know how much effort and energy
  • luck had nothing to do with
  • was lucky to find you
  • will be an asset to
  • will be glad they found you
  • with your gift for
  • worked hard for this
  • you put into your work
  • your willingness to
  • your professionalism will

3. Express hope for future successes.


  • I hope this marks the start of a very rewarding career for you with this company.
  • I know you will do well in all of your endeavors.
  • I wish you the best of luck in your work at Doe Corporation.
  • May things go well for you at Doe.
  • Keep up the good work, and let me know about your successes there.


  • a long string of successes
  • a most rewarding career
  • all of your endeavors
  • all you ever wanted and worked for
  • am sure you will
  • as you move up the professional ladder
  • best of luck with
  • best wishes for
  • for your success
  • good luck in your new job
  • growth and success
  • here's to your continued
  • here's to a great
  • hope this marks the start of
  • in your work at
  • is just the first of
  • keep up the good work
  • know you will be successful
  • the same success in
  • will do well at
  • will go far
  • wish you good luck

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