Everyone appreciates being recognized for their accomplishments. When someone you know reaches a goal, sending an achievement congratulations letter shows that you recognize the person's hard work. It is also a good way to stay connected and build a relationship.
There are many different goals people reach during the course of their career. Everything from landing a new job, to finishing a project on time, to certification and promotion, are achievements and milestones that deserve to be noticed and celebrated.
It only takes a few minutes to say congratulations on a job well done.
The Best Ways to Say Congratulations
Sending a congratulatory note or email lets an associate know that you heard their good news and that they can count on your support as they move forward in their career. Making the effort to address positive developments helps to strengthen your network and is also just a nice thing to do.
You should always keep your tone friendly but professional, even when you know the person well and are offering them appreciation.
The best ways to send an acknowledgment of an achievement are by way of a letter, a note, or an email message. Don’t use abbreviations or emojis, even in an email, and be sure to proofread before you mail a letter or hit the send button.
Remember that your writing is a reflection of your attention to detail and professionalism, and your correspondence can shape someone’s opinion of what kind of an employee you are.
Congratulation Note Examples
Consider this example for someone who has achieved a particular goal at work:
Congratulations Note for an Achievement
New City, WI 54321
August 10, 2020
Congratulations on reaching your sales performance goal. I know what was involved in getting it accomplished in record time and in not only meeting your goal but surpassing it!
I'm so proud of you for setting your sights high and making every effort to achieve that goal. You truly are leading by example to ensure your team’s continuing reputation for excellence.
You worked hard and proved to yourself and everyone what you are capable of.
Best wishes for your continued success.
Michael Finnegan (signature hard copy letter)
This example addresses someone who has earned a particular certification relevant to their profession:
Congratulations Note for Certification
Congratulations on completing the requirements for your Microsoft certification. Doing all of that extra work while continuing in your full-time position was extremely ambitious, and took a lot of effort and dedication on your part.
I'm sure it was worth it all, knowing that your achievement will make such a positive difference to your career path. Well done!
Mary Lou Sabatano (signature)
Here's an example of how to congratulate someone who has been hired for a new position:
Congratulations Letter for a New Job
5678 Smith Avenue
Excelsior, MI 22460
I just heard the wonderful news that you have been offered and have accepted a position with ABC Company. Congratulations! I know that the competition for this job was intense, and I am happy that the hiring committee chose the best person for the job.
It’s been both exciting and inspirational to me to watch how you’ve steadily advanced on your career path—onward and upward!
Cody Hancock (signature hard copy letter)
Email Congratulation Notes
If you are sending an email message, the subject line of the message can simply say congratulations. In the body of the email, you should omit the contact information at the beginning of the message and just lead with your salutation.
The body of your letter should then follow the same format as a traditional typed or handwritten letter. Your email address and phone number should be included after your closing and typed signature.
Email Congratulations Message
I just heard about your promotion to Regional Sales Manager at ABC Company. Please accept my sincere congratulations on your achievement!
You have worked hard to earn this position, and I’m sure you will do an outstanding job in motivating your team to new, heightened levels of sales performance.
Best wishes for your continued success.
More Achievement Congratulation Letters
Here are more letters and email examples to say congratulations for your achievements: