Congratulations Letter Templates & Examples

Everyone likes to be recognized and appreciated. Far too many people toil away on projects and jobs wondering if the job they are doing is valued by senior management or if their family members care. When employees reach milestones in their careers, it is nice to be recognized by a letter of congratulations.

There are personal achievements as well that often go unnoticed. For example, the business success, for graduation, on new appointment, the birth of a child, getting engaged, completing a program at school, winning a team sport, and many other accomplishments mean so much more when someone is recognized.

Letting people know that their hard work has paid off, make an impact, and create a positive impression on the people they work with can make a person’s day.

The first step is to consider writing a congratulation letter, and the next is to sit down and prepare a well-written letter that makes an impression on the person it is being sent to. We will cover what a congratulation letter is, why you should write one, what to include and how to write it.

It is time to make someone’s day!

What Is a Congratulations Letter?

A congratulations letter can be a letter, note, or an email you send to someone to congratulate them on their achievements and accomplishments. The letter lets them know that their hard work is recognized by the people they work with within a company, a volunteer organization, or an association.

A letter of congratulations can also be about personal events in someone’s life. Family members and close friends often send letters of congratulations to celebrate the birth of a child, getting engaged, or completing a school program.

There are many opportunities in life to celebrate achievements, both personal and professional. We can make someone’s day by taking a moment to compose and send a congratulations letter to help them celebrate those achievements. They will appreciate and enjoy receiving these letters of congratulations.

The choice of how you send the letter of congratulations can also make an impact. Sometimes personal delivery of a note along with a gift can have a huge impact on the person receiving the recognition. Consider the person, the achievement, the logistics of sending your letter before choosing a method of sending your letter.

Why Should You Write a Congratulations Letter?

People from all walks of life appreciate being recognized for completing a project, achieving a milestone, or meeting challenging objectives. Once a project is completed, most move on to another project or activity without receiving recognition for their work. However, being recognized for a job well done goes a long way to improving job satisfaction and a feeling that they are appreciated. That positive feeling carries on to the next project, improves morale, and motivates employees to do well on their next challenge.

It is also nice to receive letters of congratulations on the birth of a child, finishing a course at school, obtaining a new job, being promoted, even buying a new car. There are hundreds of reasons to celebrate achievements and events in our lives, and people love to hear from their friends, relatives, coworkers, and supervisors that they have achieved something new in their lives, and it is recognized.

An added benefit of sending a letter of congratulations is that it sets an example for others to follow. The person you send your letter to may decide that they will follow your example and send letters of congratulations of their own. We can all use some great news in our lives and be recognized by our peers and family.

Essential Elements of a Congratulations Letter

  • Pass your regards. A congratulations letter can never be complete without passing your congrats to the individual for their achievement or handwork.
  • Mention the achievement. In your letter, ensure you’ve highlighted why you’re congratulating the individual.
  • Express your delight for the individual. When writing your letter, it’s essential to let the recipient know that you’re proud of them for their accomplishment.
  • Wish them well. As you congratulate the individual for the achievement, it’s important to wish them well in their future goals.
  • Close the letter warmly. As you terminate the congratulatory letter, sign off warmly.
  • Adopt a celebratory tone. The letter should adopt a tone that conforms to the occasion as well as your relationship with the recipient. For example, a professional congratulatory letter should differ from a personal letter in both format and tone.

Sample Congratulations Letter: New job

Dear Amelia,

Congratulations on your new position as the new Sales Manager at Parson Technologies. I believe this is such an incredible achievement for you. Although we will miss you at Amaze Features, we are happy for you, and we are fully confident that you will do an incredible job there.

We will miss your leadership and encouragement as our manager, but I’m sure that you are on the right path to your career goals.

Pleased keep in touch; I was delighted to hear the news about your new achievement.

Wishing you the best,


Sample Congratulations Letter: Achievement

Dear Perris,

Congratulations on your incredible career achievement. Although your journey form a junior sales representative hasn’t been smooth, you have made great strides to get you where you are today. The company sales have grown significantly in the last five years due to your hardwork and resilience. You are truly and a great asset to the Madison Group of Companies.

Due to your exceptional services and dedication to marketing, you received the “Employee of the year award” for two consecutive years, and now you’ve been promoted to be the company’s sales manager. I must say I’m proud to work under you. I ‘m confident we will achieve astounding results in the coming years under your able leadership.

I thank you for your commitment to exemplary work and hope you’ll continue in the same spirit.

Congratulations &All the Best!!


Jefferson White

Assistant Sales Manager

Madison Group of Companies

Formal Congratulations Letter

(Your Name)

(Title, Company or Institution)

(Full address and)


(Phone number)


(Name of person)


(Company or Institution)

(Full address, and)


(Phone number)

Dear (Name)

Thank you for completing a great job on the store renovations in less time than we agreed to. The quality of the job and the time you saved us allows our store to reopen a week earlier than planned.

Your project planning, the anticipation of problems, and solving them ahead of time saved the construction team a lot of time and made a huge contribution to our reopening. We truly appreciate the dedication you demonstrated to this project.

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(Printed Name)

Congratulations Email

(Your name, the recipient’s name, and date are automatically included in your email when it is sent)

Subject: (Congratulations or Thankyou)

Dear (Name)

Congratulations on the completion of (Name of Project) for our company.

This project took a lot of your personal time, and I appreciate the time and effort it took to shepherd this project through to completion. It took a lot of innovation and attention to detail to complete the project. This project will make a huge contribution to the company’s results this quarter.

Thank you for your hard work and your team’s hard work. We anticipate more successful projects in the coming months.

(Closing –

Sincerely, regards,)

(Printed Name)

Retirement Congratulation Letters

A retiring co-worker or a manager will often send a congratulatory note to a retiree recognizing their contribution over the years and wishing them success and enjoyment in their retirement. The letter should begin with congratulating them, mention the number of years at the firm and ending with an expression of appreciation regarding the contribution the person made to the company. The letter can be sent by email or delivered by hand to provide a more personal touch. Many people keep these notes and letters in a scrapbook about their time at the company.

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    Graduation Congratulation Letters

    Graduation is a big moment in a student’s life. They have finally achieved a goal that readies them for the next stage in their lives – post-secondary schooling, a job, and a career. Sending a graduation congratulations letter is one way of recognizing their achievement and acknowledging the hard work they have done to achieve this goal.

    One or two paragraphs in an email or note are sufficient; mentioning the achievement, the degree they received, and positive comments about their next challenges is sufficient.

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      Promotion Congratulation Letters

      Co-workers, family members, and personal friends may send a promotion congratulations letter recognizing a newly promoted person. A handwritten note, email, or card is welcomed by the individual and appreciated. They have worked hard to achieve the promotion they are receiving, and it is nice to be recognized.

      Congratulate the person on their promotion, acknowledge the hard work leading to the promotion and wish them success in their new position.

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          What to Include

          The letter should be personal and to the point. Keep it to one page in length and discuss the event, the role the person had in the event, and congratulate them on the successful completion of the project. If the activity was a corporate activity, discuss the role the person had in the activity, their contribution, and the impact the completion of the project will have on the company or organization.

          Personal achievements should follow the same format; however, if it is a friend or relative, you can make your letter more personal as well, e.g., the birth of a baby, engagement, etc.

          There is no need to write a long letter. A quick note or letter lets the person know you are thinking about them and how proud you are of their achievement. Corporate letters of congratulations may be a bit longer if you are covering the project, for example, and the contribution the project will have on the company.

          Make sure your name, date, and the person’s name are clearly identified. If it is an official letter from the company, use the company’s letterhead and include your title or role in the company.

          How to Write

          If you are sending your letter by email, always enter a positive word in the subject line. This conveys the subject of the message immediately and also tends to prevent the email from being assigned to the junk folder by email spam filters.

          Include a greeting in both formal letters as well as emails. Email systems gather subsequent emails and use a thread to group emails such as the greeting, e.g., Dear (Name). You can also copy other managers on the email to communicate what a great job the person did on the project.

          Write one or two paragraphs in a concise, positive manner covering the activity, their contribution, and the impact they had on the project. Always thank the person for their contribution and hard work on the project.

          Text messages are generally not encouraged. They are too brief and not easily saved or placed in an HR file for use during an annual employee review of performance, salary administration, or promotion considerations.

          Personal letters of congratulations can be sent by email or letters as well. Many people will send a card with a few notes expressed on the card; however, a personal note written in the format outline in this post and inserted in the card carry an added impact. Births, engagements, graduations, etc., are popular events where this approach is often used.

          The Best Way to Say Congratulations

          If you plan to send your message by email, be sure to say congratulations in the subject line of the email and send the note within 24 hours of completing the project. The employee will open the email immediately, and sending a note one or two weeks later diminishes the impact of the thought.

          While a card or formal letter may take a little longer to receive, always send the card as soon as you hear about the event or have confirmation that a milestone has been met. Many people will keep their cards and letters as keepsakes. A formal letter in a corporate situation is often kept as a record for human resources, salary planning, and job considerations.

          The first line should always congratulate the person or team on a job well done, completing a project or a milestone completed.

          The second paragraph can embellish the sentiment and discuss some of the attributes that led to the completion of the project and the impact on the company. Keep your letter short, one or two paragraphs in length.

          How to Send Your Message?

          Your message can be sent by email; an informal thank you letter or a formal thankyou letter. Each approach has strong points; however, there is no right or wrong way to congratulate and say thank you to someone.

          An email is fast and sends your sentiments to the person and/or team immediately. In today’s environment, an email satisfies our need for instant gratification. In addition to congratulating an entire team, copies can be sent to appropriate senior management to inform them of the completion of the project and your appreciation of the person’s contribution.

          An informal thank you letter may take a little longer to arrive through the mail; however, the letter can be in the form of an informal note attached to a card expressing your personal thoughts in a handwritten note. Many people save these cards as mementos of the event.

          A formal letter of congratulations can be sent as an endorsement of employment and can become a useful business tool utilized to support promotions, salary increases, additional projects, etc.


          Everyone appreciates receiving a congratulations letter. It is an acknowledgment of achieving a milestone, completing a project, getting engaged, giving birth, and many more events in our lives.

          There are personal achievements as well as career-related achievements. Some will be kept as mementos of the event, while others are a record of achievement to be used in their career discussions regarding increased responsibility and salary.

          Congratulation letters should be sent soon after the event by email, informal or formal letters. Most can be one or two paragraphs in length.

          Always check for spelling and grammar before sending your letter of congratulations.