After X amazing months/years working here, I've unfortunately decided to move on and take the next step in my career. My last day at [company name] will be.
It can be difficult to lose a colleague and friend. Letting them know how much you appreciated their hard work and dedication over the years will surely have them leave with a smile on their face.
“Before leaving I would like to take this opportunity to thank you because you made my work life easier and efficient. You are a good boss ever! Thank you.”
“Bosses like you are one in a million. Thank you for all you have done to me. You certainly become a part of my life. I will miss you and I will take all your words with me. I know that you are also happy with what I have chosen in life. Farewell my boss.”
“Dear colleagues, I have been working here for long and have gained loads of experience with you all. Thank you for all the cooperation that you extended to me.”
“Dear colleagues, time has come to part away from you. I had a lovely time working with you all. Thank you so much for your support guys! I am really going to miss you!”
“Dear friends, we sudied together all these years and spent our feelings and emotions in this institution. Today, we separate to different parts of the world. Though physically we depart, we are together in hearts. Thank you friends.”
“From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you for a good friend like you. I hope you will achieve all your dreams as you go. Keep in mind that you can count on me. I will miss you so much.”
“I take this opportunity of sending you a thank you note to express my grateful regards to you, my friends and colleagues. I really enjoyed working with you all! And I am really going to miss our coffee breaks together.”
“I will surely miss everything about you. Your presence, your laugh and your love. Take care of yourself and I can’t wait for you to come back. Take care my friend and goodbye.”
“I’m sad to leave but I have to face my new endeavours. You have been so good to me and I would like you to know that I thank you for everything. I will miss you and I will take all your professional advices with me. Thank you my boss.”
“It’s hard for us to see you go. We ask ourselves why you have to go and leave our office. But if this is the destiny, then we have to face it then. I would like you to know that we are so blessed having boss like you. Thank you for everything. We will miss you boss.”
“It’s sad to hear you saying goodbye. But everything happens for a purpose. I’m just looking forward for your success and hope to see you again.”
“Not just a friend, but you are a brother/sister to me. All those memories and funny moments we had will always stay fresh in my mind. Keep in touch my dear. Though we are far from each other, we are near with these memories. Thank you and goodbye.”
“Saying goodbye in every relationship is the hardest part. I don’t’ want to think that our friendship is about to end. I’m still a friend of yours and you were always my best friend.”
“Saying goodbye is not easy to do especially to a special friend like you. I’m looking forward to see you again. I will miss you! Thank you for being a good friend to me.”
“Seeing you go is not easy for me. It not only bring tears in my eyes but also in my heart. I wish you all the best. I’m your best-friend so I’m giving you all my understanding in your decision to leave. God bless and remember that I’m always here for you. Goodbye my dear friend.”
“Thank you all for your valuable friendship and cooperation that helped me greatly to work together. Thank you guys and keep in touch!”
“Thank you boss for all you have done. You are such a great boss for me! You have been a good friend to me. Thank you and goodbye.”
“Thank you for being so excited about my new career path. Hearing you say the words,”I’m so excited for you!” really makes me even more excited for the journey I’m about to embark on so thank you for that.”
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your team. It was a great journey! Truly, it is so hard to bid farewell but I hope we can remain in touch. Thank you very much boss.”
“Thank you friends and colleagues for all your support, guidance and cooperation. I am really going to miss you guys.”
“Thank you friends for your great company here. Today is the last day of my service. Though I retire from my service today, your memories will always be with me.”
“There is a saying that good things should come to an end. And today, before we end up everything, we would like to appreciate you as a good boss. You are so professional and it means a lot to us. Thank you boss and we will miss you all the time.”
“Today is my last day working with you and I would like to say thank you for everything we had since day one. Thank you for the trainings, advices and tips; it really help me a lot to become a better person and grow professionally. Your guidance and mentoring was truly helpful. Thank you so much Sr. /Mam.”
“True friends never say goodbye. So today before you go, I would like to say “see you soon”. Have fun in your new life. Always remember that I’m just a phone call away.”
“With a grateful heart I share the feelings with you on this last day of my work today. Thank you friends for helping me to become a more experienced chap!”
“With grateful regards I thank you all, my dear colleagues, for the great opportunity that I got to share my services with you. I wish you all the best and thank you for your cherished friendship.”
“Working with you for several years is such a blessing. You are the boss who inspired me a lot in so many ways. I have learned the real essence of working and hardship. I will miss you and I will pray for you. Thank you my boss for everything.”
“You are such a precious friend. I think it would be hard to adjust living a life without your presence. Thank you for the love, care and support as a friend. I will surely miss you.”
Here is a great video showing one example of how you can thank your employees and colleagues for doing a great job. Communicating your value and appreciation for hard work is just one way to build morale and relationships between employees.
For most of us, a farewell email as you're approaching your last day is the easiest way to let your company know you don't curse the day you.
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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.
Your last day at work tends to be an emotional one. There are goodbyes to be said, and a thank you or two as well. We spend more time with our colleagues than we do with our families. Very often, close relationships are forged. I’ve held a few jobs in my career. Each goodbye was very different. There were some goodbyes that I couldn’t wait to say, and then there were some that were heartbreaking.
When it’s time to say goodbye, you can say it in a carefully crafted email. This means corresponding one last time with clients and service providers.
The reason you need to take time drafting this email is because the tone is important, and you want to find a balance between a formal and more casual style while keeping it professional. Too stiff and formal doesn’t sound sincere. Too casual comes across as a bit disrespectful. You also need to think carefully about the content which is going to depend on your reason for leaving. Personally, I favor the approach of a standardized body. I then personalize it for the reader by adding in a few special words or phrases.
Whatever you do, you need to sound upbeat and positive. An email in which you cast yourself as a victim will not sit well with others. Whatever you do, don’t type an email in an emotional moment and send it off. It could backfire on you. I always try to read it from the recipient’s standpoint. You don’t want to leave on bad terms as you may need a reference from them!
A goodbye email to coworkers is a smart career move. Why? On your last day at work, you could sprint for the exit with a war whoop. Maybe.
Calum Grewar · 08 Aug
How to Von Trapp your way out of the office
Less is more when it comes to the adieu email.
During your coworkers’ busy working days, hearing you rambling on about your time at the company, and future away from it, might breed frustration. Be efficient in your nostalgia and quick in your praise.
Keep negatives to yourself or confined to quadruple-encrypted emails to the relevant personnel – don’t burn bridges.
Imagine the drama if the Von Trapps left the room by detailing their deep-rooted resentment for those present. Not only would they have nowhere to live, but it would make life harder for everyone in the family. Instead, they maintain their glowing reputation, and that of Maria’s, by singsonging their way to bed like good little evacuees.
While you may feel like venting, any criticism whatsoever should be given constructively, gently, and privately. People’s entire careers may hinge on whether they create a mutually positive working environment.
Maybe it’s just better to stay in the never-to-be-sent draft section, next to the one addressed to Brian Cox with the subject “So, is the earth flat?”.
This means leaving drinks (if you are having them and if the recipient is invited), contact details you’re happy to share, and anything else they might have questions about – your plans for the future, for example.
If you’re part of a small team within a larger organisation, don’t send a long email to the entire company. This could come across as big headed. Diane from accounts doesn’t need to know that you, Steve from customer service, are leaving after six months of ‘dedicated’ service.
As you’ll see, it’s important to differentiate between ranks and relationships. Also, your tone should differ depending on your organisation. Tales of hotel hopping and Vegas gambling might be more appropriate for investment banking analysts than executives of international aid schemes. So whether your vibe is wild or mild, here are some templates that you can add your own spice to.
Disclaimer: Please, oh please, remember to replace all things in [square brackets].
This should be the easiest as it’s neither too emotional or sentimental. Remember to show your intention of keeping them in your network.
Hi [Their name],
As you may know, I’m leaving [Company X].
I want to make clear my gratitude for being able to get to know you both professionally and personally over the past [X years/months]. Without your friendship, support and collaboration, my time here would not have been the same. I’m sure I’ll see you before I leave, but if not, my last day is [Date X] [include plans such as leaving drinks].
My broad plan for the future is [Plan X]. I’m excited to get started but will also cherish all our achievements together, like [Achievement X]. If you don’t already have my contact details, here are the essentials:
[Phone X, email X, LinkedIn X]
I look forward to keeping in contact and hearing your updates about work, life, whatever! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you need anything or want to catch up.
Wishing you all the best for the future,
This is a tricky one as you’ll have probably shared a lot of experiences with these people and might know them on a personal level.
However, they are still your superior and can provide vital character references and connections in years to come, so your parting note should remind them of your professional prowess rather than your close-and-personal pal-ness.
This message can be complicated further depending on the terms on which you left. It’s best to be sensitive to the individual and the situation to ensure that the appropriate balance is met.
Hello [Their name],
As you know, I am regretfully leaving [Company X] on [date X].
I wanted to personally thank you for both your support and mentorship over the past [years/months X].
I’ve grown as a professional thanks to your tutelage, for which I’m very grateful. I’ve also appreciated knowing you on a personal level, and very much hope we can continue this relationship beyond my final day.
Below are my relevant contact details and I hope you will get in touch at some point in the future.
[Email X, LinkedIn X]
My plans are X and you should know that you’ve played a role in getting me there. So once again, thank you.
Good luck in the future,
As with the email to your team manager, this will vary depending on your relationship with the person. You'll know if most of your interactions were informal, or if you should sign off with a pleasant yet professional farewell. Here's a good example you could use to achieve a bit of both.
Greetings [Their name],
As I‘m sure you already know, I’m moving on from [Company X].
Our final day together will be on [date X] and I look forward to parting on an especially high note. It’s been a pleasure managing you and the team as a whole, and I sincerely wish you luck in your future with [Company X].
My contact details are as follows and I hope you’ll stay in touch in the future as I’d love to hear how everyone is getting on. I am also keen to hear how you continue to develop professionally.
All the best and thanks again,
This is important for all parties involved – the client, yourself, and the company. It should go without saying that you don’t drive away clients that you worked hard to secure for your company in the first place.
Greetings [Client name],
I’m writing to you today because I’m leaving my position of [job title] at [Company X] after [X years/months]. My final working day will be on [Date X].
I wanted to email you personally to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed working together and getting to know you. Clients such as yourself were one of the best parts of the job, and I’m sure my successor will continue the positive working relationship.
Until they make contact, let me know if there is anything I can do to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. I’m happy to help in any way.
Wishing you well for the future,
[Your Name X]
Remember, don’t burn bridges. You never know who you might hurt or who may come in useful.
Hello [Thier name],
As you may have heard, I’ll no longer be [job title X] here at [Company X]. I’m moving on to [Plan X]. I’m excited, but unsurprisingly sad to leave my colleagues behind.
I wish you all the luck for your future here and please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Here are my details: [email X, LinkedIn X]
Thanks for everything,
[Your Name X]
This one's important as you always forget putting one or two people on your list. These people may be awful bores, or sweethearts who pass under the radar. So it’s important to be kind and professional while remaining unspecific.
Good day [Their name],
You might have heard that I’ll be leaving my position in [Company X] as [Job Title X] on [Date X]. I hope my successor will enjoy their time here as much as I have, and I wish you all the best for your future.
I am moving on to [Plan X], and I’d like to offer my email and LinkedIn should you wish to get in touch in the future.
[Email X, LinkedInX]
Thanks for everything,
This one will either be the hardest or the easiest. If you just don’t know what to say to those who mean the most to you, because you’ve said it in person or because there's simply too much to say, here is the template for you.
Hi [Their name],
The day is nearly upon us. Our formidable partnership is coming to an end (in the office at least). I’d like to thank you for everything you’ve done for me here, you’ve made this job so enjoyable.
I’ll always remember [FunnyStory X]. So hopefully whoever replaces me will be rubbish *cough*… I mean… just as productive and efficient as I ever was. Please tell me how they are, and how you are, and how everyone is.
Here are my details, please stay in touch.
[Telephone X, email X, LinkedIn X]
I’ll see you on my last day [date X] if not before, and I’d love to see you at my leaving do.
All the best,
If you have worked directly with high up professionals, it’s polite and potentially useful to thank them and inform them of your leaving. This must be done professionally and concisely as they likely have no time to spare between meeting the Queen and shaking hands with the Pope.
Good day [highly positioned name],
As you may already know, I am regrettably leaving my role at [CompanyX] as [JobTitle X]. Working for [Company X] has been an excellent opportunity both professionally and personally, and I want to thank you for your involvement in this.
I am planning to [X] and aim to bring forward all the skills that I have learned and used here. I’ll remember this company fondly, and all past collaborations I’ve had with you.
Thanks once more,
Not everyone who enriches your life will receive the thanks they deserve, so make sure to acknowledge the doorman who’d give you a wink and a nod as you left each day.
Hello [Their name],
I’m emailing you to tell you that I’m leaving [CompanyX] as [job title X] on [date X].
I wanted to personally thank you for brightening my time here. Our smiles and interactions always enriched my day and contributed to making my time here all the better.
I hope that our paths will cross again, and here is my email in case you want to get in touch: [email X].
I wish you all the best for the future,
Hi, leaving I am,
Moving on to pastures green,
I ate your sandwich.
So there we have it. 10 templates you can definitely use to thank, remind, and inform the relevant people of your departure.
Remember the tips above: concise, informative, positive, appropriate. And finally, enjoy your leaving drinks!
How to write a goodbye letter or email (with examples) .. Composing a goodbye or farewell email to your colleagues on your last day in the.