The reason can be anything for you to stop the existing business and start a new one but you should give a farewell letter in a professional way to your client.
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“Friends and colleagues,
After two very educational years, the time has come for me to leave Goldman Sachs. Beginning in August, I will be moving on to my next adventure, The Carlyle Group in New York. I have attached my updated contact information below, and look forward to keeping in touch.
–Breaks In The Track, The Leveraged Sellout
Most of you want to get into finance. Why else would I write so much about investment banking resumes, investment banking interviews, and what to do if your summer internship plans don’t quite work out?
But every year in late June and early July, there’s an exodus of 2nd and 3rd year Analysts at investment banks (and even some 1st years who have found an exit opportunity and are brave enough to leave early).
And with that exodus comes a flood of “Farewell” emails.
I hate reading them simply because the standard message is so…. boring. It goes something like the following:
“Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As some of you may know, today is my last day at Morgan Stanley. The experience has been highly rewarding and challenging, on both a personal and professional level.
I will be taking some time off and then moving to KKR in August for the next leg in my career.
I look forward to staying in touch with everyone – my contact information is below.”
I look at emails like this and one thought comes to mind:
Show me some signs of life. A pulse. At least a heart rhythm? Please, anything but a cookie cutter “goodbye.” Forget about investment banking fashion in terms of your wardrobe: remember that even your emails must be fashionable.
That’s not to say everyone writes a boring farewell email; some departing Analysts go to the other extreme as well. 99% of the Farewell emails I’ve seen have been carbon copies of the note above, but occasionally someone out there is just so bitter that they write a legendary, bitter farewell email.
The most famous example was sent from someone at JPMorgan in 2007 – rather than copy the whole thing here, let’s just examine a few excerpts.
“Dear Co-Workers and Managers,
As many of you probably know, today is my last day. But before I leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “Today is my last day.””
Comments: This is a solid, attention-grabbing beginning. Without getting too violent, the author shows us that this is not just the standard “personally enriching/rewarding” farewell email.
“Over the past seven years, you have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects – an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.”
Comments: The last line seals the deal. I can’t believe he put up with everything for 7 years – no wonder he’s so bitter.
“And to most of my peers: even though we barely acknowledged each other within these office walls, I hope that in the future, should we pass on the street, you will regard me the same way as I regard you: sans eye contact.”
Comments: A well-executed acknowledgement of a hidden truth of investment banking: no one looks you in the eye while walking through the office. Or at least they didn’t in my office.
“To those who I have held a great relationship with, I will miss being your co-worker and will cherish our history together. Please don’t bother responding as at this very moment I am most likely in my car doing 85 with the windows down listening to Biggie.
Comments: I feel this could have been executed better with a vacuous threat leveled against everyone at the office.
This classic JPMorgan one may be funny to read, but it’s a bad idea to write anything like this if you want to have a future in finance.
My recommendation: “Appreciative with an edge.”
You want people to remember you, but you don’t want to burn any bridges. So if you write about the all-nighters or that philandering Managing Director (actually, don’t touch that one), make sure you also include some positive anecdotes.
Closing dinners, roadshows, and international travel can all be sources of inspiration for your farewell email with an edge.
One word of caution: carefully assess your group before making it too edgy.
Some would laugh at all those “One time in Vegas…” stories, but you might destroy your reputation with others by recounting your days of living the dream.
So you may want to limit your audience and avoid sending it to everyone in investment banking – just include Analysts and higher-ups whom you know well.
One final tip: make sure your bonus lands in your bank account before sending out the Edgy Farewell Email. Yes, they’re not too high anymore, but you still want to get more than just an IOU and some coal in your bank account, right?
Brian DeChesare is the Founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street. In his spare time, he enjoys memorizing obscure Excel functions, editing resumes, obsessing over TV shows, traveling like a drug dealer, and defeating Sauron.
“Friends and colleagues,. After two very educational years, the time has come for me to leave Goldman Sachs. Beginning in August, I will be moving on to my.
For whatever reason that you have to leave your current workplace, your farewell letter to your old clients should be friendly and professional.
It is also important (in terms of perception of your integrity) to not appear to be poaching clients, if you are going to remain in the same industry (but maybe they want to be poached! So make it easy for them!)
All you need to achieve with your letter (after a heads-up phone call) is to thank them for their support over the years, that you are leaving because [insert good reason here - e.g. 'family' always makes you look good], and contact details. You are representing yourself as willing to continue to help them, which should be easy for you as you know their business, so to speak.
Do not include anything more than you would write as a goodbye letter to your own boss, and never, ever disparage the business you are leaving.
If you want to make a lasting impression and send along a gift such as a gourmet gift basket to an old client (because they want to be poached or because you have genuinely enjoyed the working partnership), then think about extending the same generosity to your old workplace. It looks better :)
The good-bye letter should include:
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Dear [Valued Client],
As per our last conversation on [date], I will no longer be handling your account from [date], as I am leaving ABCompany for the new opportunity of [a company/ more family time while doing part-time work/ a related industry].
I wish to thank you for your support over the past X years. It was a wonderful challenge to be able to help you in your endeavours with [specifics], especially that time with [specifics].
I have enjoyed working at ABCompany on your project. I am now looking forward to the new challenges of [e.g. [new title]/ working as a consultant in [industry/company]].
If you have any questions, or wish to keep in touch, my contact details are [email/phone number].
I wish you all the best in your future.
[PO Box or new company address]
How about a different tone?
What about something more impersonal, more formal;
or just making an announcement to more than one person;
or are you representing your company and terminating a client?
Click for more example business farewell letters - no poaching intended at all - in fact, no further dealings desired at all!
Dear [Awesome person],
I just wanted to let my favourite client know that I am leaving ABCompany, my last day being [date].
I want to thank you for your mentorship, advice and respect for our collaboration.
I couldn't refuse an offer of [position] at [new company] so no doubt we will cross paths again in some capacity.
If you need any information on your project, or catch-up for coffee, call me anytime on [number]. [Colleague], who you know has been second lead on the project, will be taking over as lead, and as you know, your project is safe with her.
Please enjoy the muffins, and
best wishes for everything,
[PO Box or new company address]
Dear [$Valuable$ Client],
As per our last conversation on [date], [Colleague] will be taking over your account from [date]. Your dealings with [Company name] will not change and will continue as smoothly as before.
I have decided to pursue new opportunities with my own business [Your Business Name] so that I can provide more detailed and customised [industry] services, such as [example, example, example]. I intend to have only a few clients so that I can focus on flexibly accommodating their changing needs in an ever-evolving world. My strengths lie in how I enjoy being up-to-date with key industry trends, my passion for innovation, as well as the problem-solving involved in integrating these into existing businesses.
I wish to thank you for your support over the past X years. It was a wonderful challenge to be able to help you in your endeavours with [specifics]. Your company is impressive due to the focus on [state one of their company values here, and an example during a project of how they made this a priority].
Should you ever need someone knowledgable about your business to consult with you on any projects, please contact me.
If you have any questions about this change, or wish to keep in touch, my contact details are below.
I wish you and your company prosperity and good health.
[PO Box or new company address]
Some advice on following up:
As you have written a farewell letter and the relationship has been a professional one, allow the other person to re-establish contact with you. You may follow-up with a short update on your professional life, however if the ex-client doesn't initiate any contact then assume that they are too busy to prioritise you, or that your idea of the working relationship was not the same idea that the ex-client has - that is, the relationship is not as close as you thought it was.
More than likely though, the ex-client is too busy and probably at least has you in their mind for when a professional opportunity to work with you does come up.
So in summary, as you have written a farewell letter, you can "update" yourself to them once but after that, do not continue the contact unless they initiate a new contact. That way you are not acting overly familiar and inappropriate. Using LinkedIn is a good way to keep yourself in any ex-clients minds, by posting opinions and ideas relevant to your field, without spamming anyone.
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Goodbyes are never easy, but a heartfelt and sincere farewell letter can mean a great deal. Whether it is a retirement letter, or you are moving on to a different job, it is important to let your erstwhile colleagues how much they meant to you, and that they will be missed. There is no point writing a Hardship Letters that comes across as insincere; these samples will give you a better idea of how to go about drafting them.
– Whether you will be starting at a new job, have decided that it is time to retire, or are simply moving on, a letter saying goodbye will give you and your erstwhile colleagues a sense of closure.
– Take this opportunity not just to say goodbye to your co-workers, but also to tell them what a privilege it has been to work with them, and to thank them for the same.
– These letters aren’t just for your co-workers, either. Your clients and other business contacts should also know that you are moving on.
– We know that farewell letters cannot be easy to write. But these examples may give you a push in the right direction.
– All you have to do is to download in either Word or Excel, personalize and print out the letter before sending.
– If you aren’t the one moving on but know someone who is, then you should look at sample congratulations letters instead.
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A farewell email to colleagues requires a certain format. This website has 40+ farewell email templates to colleagues to choose from.
Since the last post on Saying Goodbye to coworkers, there have been quite a few requests on providing some sample goodbye letters to co-workers and manager. So here is a compilation of some recommended ones, and one ‘on the lighter side’ – the ‘one’ that has traveled around the world through Emails.
I want to bid farewell to you all and inform you that I am leaving my position at . Tomorrow is my last day at work.
I have enjoyed working for this company and I appreciate having had this wonderful opportunity to work with you all.
During these last two years you all have provided me support and through your encouragement and guidance I have been able to excel at the projects offered to me. With many of you, I have shared a unique camaraderie which I hope will continue in the years to come even though I shall not be here with the company. I now look forward to this new position that brings forth new challenges and adds more diverse experience to my career.
I do wish you and the company every success in all its future endeavors.
You can be in touch with me by
Email – [email protected]
Or call me at (123 456 7890)
Also, I would like to add you to my LinkedIn profile, if you would as well, please do accept the invitation. I shall be sending you requests to join my LinkedIn network soon.
With best regards,
After a year of exciting and memorable stint with [ ], I am bidding adieu next week to this company to pursue other career opportunities. As I move on, I would like to take a moment to remember and cherish our times together. It’s been great interacting and knowing each one of you. Even though I will miss you all here I am looking forward to this new challenge and to start a new phase of my career.
This is not a goodbye, only “hasta luego” or “see you later”.
Do stay in touch.
My personal contacts are:
Email ([email protected])
Contact phone number (123 456 7890).
Please do drop in a note with your personal contacts to my mail id.
Good luck and wish you all the best in your endeavors!
As I informed you in our meeting last week, my last working day at ABC is next Friday, Sept. 29th. I want to take a few minutes today to convey my thoughts in being part of your team for the last 2 years.
I have been extremely satisfied with my work at ABC, working under your guidance has been a learning and an enjoyable experience. I thank you for your support and encouragement during these two years.
However, I feel that it is time for me to move on to new opportunities. This decision was not an easy one and it took a lot of consideration. I think this decision is in the best interests towards fulfilling my career goals. I want to do my best in completing my existing responsibilities and then ensuring a smooth transition.
Also, I would like to thank you again, Amy, Andrew, and all others for the help and guidance during all these years of my employment, and would like to extend my best wishes to the entire group.
My personal contacts are:
Email ([email protected])
Contact phone number (123 456 7890).
Please feel free to contact me even later on in case you need help with the transition of my responsibilties to another employee.
As I informed you all in the last meeting, I am moving on to a new challenging position in another company next week. My last working day is Friday, January 25th.
Today I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for being a great team to work with all these years.
It has been an amazing working with you all these last three years and I will miss your enthusiasm, perseverance, and the ‘never say die’ spirit and of course the talent that you brought to our group. I thank you for all your support throughout and hope you continue to extend your cooperation to the current leadership teams and the succeeding manager. I wish you all, my fellow partners and everyone in the larger XYZ family, all the very best.
Do not hesitate to contact me at: [email protected].
With best wishes,
Chethak from India is the fearless hero who planned his escape from the cubicle in a creative style. I guess many colleagues would remember this creative example for long. Thanks to Chethak for this contribution. (Click the image below to view larger).
This is a classic one – though not recommended in any way (this email has made its way through the email chain letters all across the world).
It is always recommended to depart on good terms and not get in the name calling or accusations when writing your farewell email. But some people have an amazing knack to coat a venomous email in slick sugar which eventually brings smiles to all and becomes a classic. Enjoy… but do not copy and paste for your own farewell email!
Keep in mind the tips shared before onSaying Goodbye to Work – The Right Way
Dear Co-Workers and Managers,
As many of you probably know, today is my last day. But before I leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “Today is my last day.”
For nearly as long as I’ve worked here, I’ve hoped that I might one day leave this company. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.
I would especially like to thank all of my managers both past and present but with the exception of the wonderful Mr. ABC: in an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation, ignorance and intolerance for true talent. It takes a strong man to admit his mistake – it takes a stronger man to attribute his mistake to me.
Over the past seven years, you have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects – an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.
And to most of my peers: even though we barely acknowledged each other within these office walls, I hope that in the future, should we pass on the street, you will regard me the same way as I regard you: sans eye contact.
But to those few souls with whom I’ve actually interacted, here are my personalized notes of farewell:
To [ ], I will not miss hearing you cry over absolutely nothing while laying blame on me and my coworkers. Your racial comments about [ ] were truly offensive and I hope that one day you might gain the strength to apologize to him.
To [ ] whom is long gone, I hope you find a manager that treats you as poorly as you have treated us. I worked harder for you then any manager in my career and I regret every ounce of it. Watching you take credit for my work was truly demoralizing.
To [ ], you should learn how to keep your mouth shut sweet heart. Bad mouthing the innocent is a negative thing, especially when you’re talking about someone who knows your disgusting secrets.
To [ ], well, I wish you had more of a back bone. You threw me to the wolves with that witch B and I learned all too much from it. I still can’t believe that after following your instructions, I ended up getting written up, wow. Thanks for the experience buddy, lesson learned.
[ ], I’m happy that you were let go in the same manner that you have handed down to my dedicated coworkers. Hearing you on the phone last year brag about how great bonuses were going to be for you fellas in upper management because all of the lay offs made me nearly vomit. I never expected to see management benefit financially from the suffering of scores of people but then again, with this company’s rooted history in the slave trade it only makes sense.
To all of the executives of this company, [ ] and such. Despite working through countless managers that practiced unethical behavior, racism, sexism, jealousy and cronyism, I have benefited tremendously by working here and I truly thank you for that. There was once a time where hard work was rewarded and acknowledged, it’s a pity that all of our positive output now falls on deaf ears and passes blind eyes. My advice for you is to place yourself closer to the pulse of this company and enjoy the effort and dedication of us “faceless little people” more. There are many great people that are being over worked and mistreated but yet are still loyal not to those who abuse them but to the greater mission of providing excellent customer support. Find them and embrace them as they will help battle the cancerous plague that is ravishing the moral of this company.
So, in parting, if I could pass on any word of advice to the lower salary recipient (“because it’s good for the company”) in India or Tampa who will soon be filling my position, it would be to cherish this experience because a job opportunity like this comes along only once in a lifetime.
Meaning: if I had to work here again in this lifetime, I would sooner kill myself.
To those who I have held a great relationship with, I will miss being your co-worker and will cherish our history together.
Please don’t bother responding as at this very moment I am most likely in my car doing 85 with the windows down.
Your demands were high and your patience short, but I take great solace knowing that my work was, as stated on my annual review, “meets expectation.” That is the type of praise that sends a man home happy after a 10 hour day, smiling his way through half a bottle of meets-expectation-scotch with a meets-expectation-cigar. Thanks [ ]!
And then, there are some:
A video that went viral, Shifrin quits her job from a Taiwanese company that produces news videos with a video showing the reasons for her quitting: (oh well, decide for yourself if at all this is worth it, would you?)
Here are some other tips that might help you in planning on the next steps on your job search.
Review sample farewell email messages to send when leaving employment, with is to take the time to send a farewell message to your coworkers and clients.