Congratulations on Your New Job: Best Wishes for Your Next Adventure

By Billie •  Updated: 04/30/23 •  13 min read

Starting a new job is an exciting time filled with new challenges and opportunities. If a colleague, boss, or someone close to you has just landed a new job, sending them a message of congratulations and support can help them feel appreciated and motivated.

But how do you write a message that’s thoughtful, sincere, and personalized? Here are some tips and examples of how to write the perfect “Congratulations on the New Job” message.

Crafting Your Note of Congratulations on the New Job, Step-By-Step

Great! Now that you’ve got the format down, try writing your own message, or customize some of the following examples (there are a lot of them):

Examples of “Congratulations on the New Job” Messages

More examples of congratulatory wording:

"good luck finding better co-workers than us at your new job!"

What About Funny Messages to Congratulate a Colleague on Their New Job?

Humor is great, provided you have a good working relationship or friendship with your coworker and you avoid any lines that might hint at sarcasm. Remember, offices are hierarchical and can have weird dynamics, so only inject humor into your message if you know it will be appreciated and not misread. As in all things, use your discretion. And remember to also express your sincere support, either in-person or also in your email or card message.

  1. Congrats on the new job! Looks like you’ll finally be able to afford that fancy coffee you always talk about.
  2. Don’t forget us little people when you’re running the company. Congrats on the new job!
  3. You’re moving on up, but I’ll always remember the time we spent together in the trenches. Congrats on the new job!
  4. Congrats on the new job. Can we have your stapler when you leave?
  5. You’re going to be the new boss? Does this mean I can finally take a sick day without fear of retaliation? Congrats on the new job!
  6. Congrats on the new job. Don’t worry, we’ll keep the office fridge stocked with La Croix for you.
  7. Looks like it’s time for you to update your LinkedIn profile. Congrats on the new job!
  8. Congrats on the new job. We’ll miss your sarcastic comments and dry humor around the office.
  9. Congrats on the new job! Maybe they’ll have a better coffee machine there.
  10. We’re going to miss you around here, but we’re excited to see what you’ll accomplish in your new role. Congrats on the new job!

Remember, when using humor in a congratulatory message, it’s important to keep it light and appropriate for the workplace, lest you soon be looking for a new job.

How Do You Congratulate Someone on a New Job via Email?

If you want to send a congratulations message via email, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, make sure to use a clear subject line that mentions the new job or promotion. Then, start your message with a friendly greeting and mention the news. Here’s an example of how to congratulate someone on a new job via email:

Subject: Congratulations on Your New Job, [Name]!

Hi [Name],

I just wanted to send a quick message to say congratulations on your new job! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’ll accomplish in this new role. If you ever want to grab lunch and celebrate, let me know!

Best wishes, [Your Name]

"you're never too old to hate a new career"

Examples of Congratulations Messages for Different Job Types

To help you personalize your message, let the job title or job type do the hard work for you. Customize your congratulatory message according to the specifics of the new job, like so:

"congratulations on the new job that you probably won't like any better"

Congratulations on Your New Role, Well-Deserved

When someone gets a promotion or moves into a new role, it’s a big accomplishment that deserves recognition. A message of congratulations can help them feel appreciated and valued, and here are some ways to congratulate someone on their new role:

An example email of congratulations:

Subject: Congratulations on Your New Position, [Name]!

Dear [Friend’s Name],

I was thrilled to hear the news that you landed a new job! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! You truly deserve it after all the hard work and dedication you’ve put in. I couldn’t be happier for you.

It’s been such a privilege to watch you grow and develop professionally, and I have no doubt that you’ll excel in your new role. You have always been an inspiration to me, and I’m grateful to have you as a friend and a role model.

I’m looking forward to hearing all about your new position and the exciting opportunities that come along with it. Please keep me posted on your progress and any new developments.

Once again, congratulations on your well-deserved success. I wish you all the best in your new job, and I know you’ll continue to achieve great things!

Warm regards, [Your Name]

congratulations on the new job and the short window of time before you start crying in the bathroom again.

Examples of Good Luck Wishes for New Job

When someone is starting a new job, it’s natural to feel excited but also a bit nervous. Sending them a message with good luck wishes can help ease their nerves and show that you’re supporting them.

Supportive Best Wishes for New Job to a Friend

When a friend gets a new job, it’s an exciting time for them and for your friendship, so rejoice with them. You can show your support and excitement by sending a message of congratulations with some best wishes for their new job; some ideas for messages to a friend could include:

"congratulations on your new job at Pizza Hut"

Best Wishes for New Place of Posting

Sometimes, a new job means moving to a new city or location. If you know someone who is relocating for a new job, you can send them a message of congratulations along with some well wishes for their new place of posting. Here are some examples of messages for a new place of posting:

“Goodbye and Congratulations on New Job” Messages

When a coworker or friend is leaving for a new job opportunity, it can be bittersweet. On one hand, you’re happy for their new opportunity, but on the other hand, you’ll miss working with them. A message that expresses both congratulations and farewell can help to make the transition easier for both of you. Here are a few examples:

By incorporating both congratulations and a farewell message, you can let your coworker or friend know that you are happy for them and wish them the best in their new position.

"I'm concerned about how little you've complained about our workplace lately"

Final Thoughts: Things to Avoid Saying When Congratulating Someone on a New Job


If you need another reminder about what sort of message is appropriate, here are a few more:


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