How To Say Goodbye When You're Leaving Your Job

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You have found a new job and are ready to give two weeks' notice to your current employer. Or you've lost your job. Now you're wondering, what's the best way to say goodbye when you leave a job? Who should you tell, and how should you let them know that you're leaving?

If you are about to resign, your first responsibility is to let your employer know that you are leaving. It's important to part on good terms, and to tell your boss before you tell your soon-to-be former colleagues. You don't want your boss to hear rumors of your departure through the grapevine.

The next step is to send a goodbye message to co-workers to let them know that you are moving on to a new position, starting a job search, retiring, or doing something else with your life. It's appropriate to send a farewell email and to include your contact information so you can stay in touch.

Here's advice on what to say when you're leaving your job, and how to say goodbye to your manager and co-workers.

Key Takeaways

  • Formalize your departure with a resignation that includes the details, including the last day you will be working.
  • Tell your manager before you tell your co-workers. It's important that your manager hears you're moving on from you.
  • Keep your message brief. You don't need to share the details of why you're moving on.
  • When you tell your co-workers that you're moving on, share your contact information so it's easy to stay in touch.

How To Say Goodbye When You Leave a Job

Handle your departure as carefully as you would handle any other business endeavor. It's always wise to not burn bridges because you don't know when you will need your past employers for a reference.

Review what to say and how to leave so your departure is polished and professional. If you're not sure what to write in your goodbye letter, review sample resignation lettersresignation email messages, and goodbye letters, then tailor one to meet your circumstances.

How To Tell Your Manager

If possible, it's best to tell your boss in person or on a call. This way, you can explain that you're moving on, and share your appreciation for the opportunities you've had while working at the organization.

Take the time to formalize your departure by writing a resignation letter that includes the details of your plan, like the last day you'll be working and how you can be contacted.

Sample Resignation Letter

Subject: Kamala Sufhi - Resignation

Dear Jonas,

I am writing to announce my resignation from Calibra Enterprises, effective two weeks from today. My last day of work will be July 29, 2022.

I've enjoyed working for you and working with a team that successfully grew the company and ensured customer satisfaction.

Thank you for the opportunities for growth that you have provided me. I very much appreciate all you have done for me during my tenure with the company.

I wish you and the company all the best. If I can be of any help during the transition, please don't hesitate to ask. I’d be glad to assist however I can.

Sincerely,

Kamala Sufhi
kamala.sufhi@email.com
615-222-3045

Tips for Bidding Farewell to Co-Workers

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Once your boss knows you are leaving, it's fine to let your co-workers and colleagues know that you're moving on. Here are tips for saying goodbye.

  • Tell close colleagues in person. It's fine to email or message most people you've worked with. However, have a personal conversation with any co-workers you're close to. This is especially important if your departure is going to have a significant impact on their working life.
  • Connect on LinkedIn. If you're not already connected with your colleagues on LinkedIn, now is an excellent time to add them to your network.
  • Say goodbye via email. Send an email announcement or a LinkedIn message to co-workers you know well, or to your department. You don't necessarily need to send your goodbye note to the entire company, especially if there are thousands of employees. 
  • Keep your message brief and to the point. Do not include a long dissertation on how you hated your job and couldn't stand working for the company. Don't include the fact that you're making oodles of money at the new job, even if it's true. There is no need to criticize or brag. You want to move forward and say farewell in a positive manner.
  • Remember the good times. Mention joint projects you have worked on or special times you've enjoyed together. If you are sending individualized goodbye emails, tailor your message to your relationship with the colleague. This farewell letter is casual and personal, rather than official.
  • Stay in touch. Share personal contact information, including your email address and phone number, so your co-workers can stay in touch.
  • Review sample farewell letters. Refer to these farewell letters to get an idea of how to say goodbye when you're not sure what to write.

When You Have Been Fired or Laid Off

If you've been fired or laid off, and want to let your co-workers know you're leaving, you can send an even briefer farewell email, if you still have company email access. If you're connected on LinkedIn, sending them a message is another option.

Note

Let your colleagues know you'll be moving on. Ask for job search assistance, if it's appropriate, and provide your personal contact information so that they can get in touch.

You can also include a link to your LinkedIn profile page. Do not vent or complain in this email even if you are feeling sad, frustrated, or angry about leaving. 

Keep Your Goodbyes Short

In summary, when leaving a position, keep your goodbyes short and sweet. Don't go overboard. There's no need to give out too much information about why you're moving on.

Do make sure you notify co-workers that need to know you're leaving, with information on how to get in touch with you after you're gone.

Goodbye Email Example

Here's an example of an email message advising a colleague that you're moving on.

Sample Goodbye Email

Subject: Kamala Sufhi - Moving On

Dear Helene,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position at Calibra Enterprises. I will be starting a new position at McKensie & Company next month.

I very much appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at Calibra.

Even though I will miss my team and the company, I am excited about this new challenge and I’m looking forward to starting a new phase of my career.

I hope we can stay in touch. I can be reached at my personal email address (kamala.sufhi@email.com), on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/kamalasufhi) or on my cell phone (615-222-3045).

Thanks again for everything.

Best,

Kamala 

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