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While working at an organisation, you would have met many colleagues from different walks of life. A vital part of your career is maintaining these relationships that you have built.

It is therefore important that you say farewell in a sincere and professional way. A former colleague could be a great reference or the key to another job opportunity for you.

You may choose to send your farewell letter formally or via email.

Hereunder are 4 tips to consider when writing your farewell letter:

Show appreciation

Start your letter by expressing your heartfelt appreciation. Every job helps to build and shape you in some way. Every experience even the negative ones will help you to mature in an area.

Personalization

Support your statements by giving examples of meaningful moments during your time at the company.  This will add better convey your appreciation to the reader.

Leave the door open to stay in touch

Provide information whereby your colleagues can remain in touch with you. Email and your LinkedIn contact will suffice.

Send your letter before your final day

Ensure that you send your farewell letter a few days before your final day. There may be persons in the organisation that may not be aware that you are leaving.

This will give your sufficient time to interact with them. You can also ask during this period that they leave a review on your LinkedIn profile.

Sample of a Farewell Letter

Dear All,

I am writing to let you know that my final day as Sales Manager of 123 Ltd will be (insert date).

I am grateful for the time that I spent working with you all. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences which has made me a more confident and savvy sales professional.

I must single out my manager Sarah who has challenged me in many ways and allowed me to fail. I shall be forever grateful for the contribution that you have made to my professional development.

Feel free to stay in touch with me at xxx@456.com or via LinkedIn (linkedin.com/tommy).

I wish you all the very best for the future.

Yours faithfully,

Tommy

Sample of a Farewell Email

Subject: All the Best & Stay in Touch

Dear Jane,

Just writing to let you know that I have resigned as Finance Manager at 123 Ltd. My final day is (insert date).

Thank you for the exemplary support that you have provided over the years. I will miss working along with you in the annual audits.

Please stay in touch via email at xxx@456.com or via LinkedIn (linkedin.com/tommy)

Best wishes for the future.

Yours faithfully,

Tommy

If you are leaving your current job, there are several resources on this site which you may find helpful. Feel free to click on any of the links below to explore:-

A Thank You Prayer For A New Job

How To Calm Your Nerves Before Starting A New Job

11 Valuable Tips For Starting A New Job

A Heartfelt Prayer When Starting A New Job

8 Top Questions To Ask Yourself When Changing Jobs

How To Survive The First 90 Days At A New Job

Final Thoughts

Farewells can be bittersweet. Hope this article help you to leave a positive and lasting impression as you say goodbye.

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