Farewell Letter Samples

Farewell Letter and Email Examples to Say Goodbye to Co-Workers

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When you leave a job — whether it's because you're retiring, returning to school, have accepted a new job, or are just moving on in general — it's a good idea to send a farewell letter to your co-workers. While you may tell many colleagues that you're departing the company in a face-to-face conversation, sending a letter (either by email or traditional snail mail) ensures that everyone knows the news.

Your farewell note is the perfect place for you to thank co-workers for the opportunity you have had to work together.

It's also a place to share contact information. The people you work with throughout your career form the bedrock of your professional network, so it's important to make it easy for them to keep in touch. 

If you're unsure about what to write in your note, browse through these farewell sample letters for inspiration. You will also find information on what to include in your farewell letter, the sort of tone you should use, and what's best to leave out.  

Farewell Letter Samples

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What to Include in Your Goodbye Letter

Whatever the reason for your departure, here is the most important information to include in your note: 

  • Gratitude and a thank you — Even if you weren't happy at your job or with every single person you worked with, it's polite to express your thanks and appreciation to co-workers. Work associates who feel that you have valued them are far more likely to keep in touch with you – thus becoming long-term connections that can be valuable both for personal and professional reasons. 
  • Where you're going next — You don't have to share information about where you're going next, but if you feel comfortable sharing some details, you certainly can. People are naturally curious about why co-workers have left their organization, and providing a brief description of your future plans can both help to defuse workplace gossip and also offer closure to your team members. If you choose to provide details, though, be sure to keep the tone positive and upbeat, without drawing negative comparisons between your future and current workplaces. 
  • Contact information — This will make it easy for co-workers to keep in touch. You can CC your personal email address in your note to make it easy for people to respond. You can also include links to your social media presence (think: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). 

A farewell letter is the last big impression you'll leave with the company and your co-workers — so make sure to make it a good one. This is not the place to mention how unhappy you were, how wronged you feel by management, or how much better you anticipate that your new job will be. Make jokes cautiously — what's funny to one person may not be funny to everyone. 

More About Saying Farewell

Goodbye Letter A - Z
Please follow this link to review a list of goodbye letter examples to say farewell to co-workers, clients, and business contacts to let them know that you have accepted a new job, are retiring, or are resigning.

There are also letter examples you can send to colleagues, clients, and customers to congratulate them and wish them well as they move on to a new opportunity.

Congratulation Letters
Here are a variety of congratulation note examples to use as models when you wish to say congratulations for a promotion, a new job, retirement, or otherwise moving on.

How to Say Farewell to Your Co-Workers
You have lost your job or you've found a new one and you're moving on. As you depart, it's important to take the time to say farewell to your co-workers.

How to Say Goodbye
You have found a new job and you're ready to give two-weeks’ notice to your current employer. What's the best way to say good-bye? The first step is to let your boss know that you're resigning. Next, you will want to say farewell to your co-workers.

Here’s advice about how to best say goodbye.