How to Write the Perfect Farewell Letter

Larry Barkdull
Award-Winning, Nationally Recognized Writer

Maybe you are leaving a job and want to say goodbye to your co-workers. Perhaps you are moving and want to say farewell to your friends and neighbors. This article will give you the information you need to write an effective farewell letter. Below are a few essential points to include in your letter.

The perfect Farewell Letter consists of several essential components:

To a person who is leaving

Write this letter personally to an employee, co-worker, boss, or valued client who is leaving. Focus on your positive memories of the relationship. If the person is leaving due to adverse circumstances, try to put yourself in the same position and imagine how he/she is feeling and respond accordingly.

To your boss, management, or co-workers

Write this letter if you are leaving your job. This letter focuses on your positive relationship and one or two happy memories that you have shared. It should end with expressions of goodwill and best wishes for the future. This is not a letter of resignation. For suggestions that will help you write the perfect letter of resignation, go to Resigning your way to success...your ticket to good references for future jobs.

For an employee's retirement

If you are an employer, address this letter to your staff, announcing the retirement of one of your employees. Be sure to list one or more of his/her significant contributions and that the employee's retirement will be a loss to the company. Avoid mentioning any past problems here. End with well wishes for the employee's future.

For your retirement

Typically, an employer only announces an employee's retirement. Depending on the circumstances, you may desire to write a separate letter to select individuals announcing your retirement. You can use your letter to announce your immediate plans, express your appreciation and affection for all the associations you formed in the workplace, and to welcome the person who is taking your place.

To a co-worker who is retiring

Write this letter to a colleague who is retiring. Focus on how much you value the relationship. Recall one or more positive, mutual experiences that you shared at work. Express congratulations and best wishes for the future.

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