You heard the good news. A friend, colleague or relative has obtained a new position. It may be his first job after graduation or it could be a promotion. Alternatively, it could be a new position in a second career. He is excited and looking forward to a new chapter in his life. Sit down and write a note congratulating him on his achievement and extending your best wishes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Use a blue or black pen and high-quality stationery or plain note cards. If you are pressed for time, use a greeting card with a brief, handwritten comment and signature. Clear a desk or other writing surface and give yourself enough room to write freely and neatly.
Adopt an informal tone and use the recipient's first name in the salutation. Keep the note short and simple. Three to five sentences is appropriate.
Use simple language and speak from the heart. For example: "Congratulations on your promotion! Andrew and I are very happy that all your fine work is being rewarded. You are a definite asset to your firm and on the leadership track. Best of luck in your new position. Sincerely, Janet and Andrew."
Write a longer, more detailed note to close friends and relatives. For example: "Paul and I enjoy driving down Elm Boulevard, especially when we have other people in the car. We take great pride in stopping and admiring your new law office. We cannot stop talking about our niece who graduated at the top of her class and was courted by a number of law firms in the state. Congratulations on your new position and best of luck in the future. Love Aunt Celia and Uncle Paul."
Tips and warnings
- Stay focused on the theme of congratulations throughout the note. Do not shift to other topics.
- Check the note for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Send the note as quickly as possible.
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