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  4. Interesting advice….Farewell emails can be tricky due to the emotion involved. Your suggestons keep the emotion at bay and allow for a professional exit. Thanks

  5. MC says:

    thank you! I am definitely using this as a template and guidelines for my goodbye letter.

  6. VK says:

    This is extremely useful stuff !! It is not one more of the several sites that offer sample notes, but capitalizes more on the real you and gives one the direction that needs to be tread. It still leaves a lot of scope for personalization, which is very essential in a farewell mail. Thank you very much for putting this up in a structured manner.

  7. Jyothi says:

    Very useful info. I am using your guidelines to send out my farewell mail to my colleagues. Thank you very much

  8. DMC says:

    Thanks – very useful advice!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    wate of time

  11. AC says:

    Yesterday was my last day at a company where I had an internship. They didn’t extend a full time offer. Obviously I was disappointed but thought my farewell email was an opportunity to leave with a touch of class. I started to write a fairly stock and almost “fill in the blank” like email. I stopped because I wanted my email to be more memorable, more personal and more human. This is what I wrote:

    Subject: Good night, farewell and thank you.

    Hello Friends,

    Most of the time these farewell messages are fairly generic and short; “It’s been a pleasure to work with all of you. Please stay in touch”. While that sentiment rings true with me, I wanted to take this opportunity to write something more reflective and personal.

    I started my internship in May with aspirations of landing a full time role on the floor. As most of you know by now things haven’t exactly worked out the way I had hoped or expected. And given the current state of markets it might be some time before I realize that goal. But the world likes to see winners, not victims. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of you during my time here at CIBC it is that no problem is unsolveable with the right mix of determination, will and tenacity. And I have no doubt that with the skills I’ve developed with the team at CIBC the question is not “if I will bounce back” but simply “when and where”.

    It is easy for me to view my time as a failure given I haven’t acheived what I set out to accomplish. But I don’t. Through my mistakes, my failings, and more importantly by working with all of you, I have learned what hard work actually means, what it takes to be successful in this business and what I need to do to realize my full potential. These lessons alone have made every minute spent on the floor invaluable.

    On a final note I would like to say thank you to all of you. Thank you for teaching me, thank you for the gift of your time and thank you for making this a great place to work. This has been one of the most high performing groups I’ve had the privelege of working with.

    If you would like to stay in touch feel free to email me at [xyz@email.com] (cc’d) or call me at [1.234.567.8910].

    I’ll conclude with one last message, and hopefully a gift. It’s a quote from my favourite poem and I turn to it when I need to regain my confidence or remind myself that it is only I who define who I am and who I become. I hope you draw as much inispiration from it as I do.

    “I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul”

    Thank you, and good luck.

    • Bob says:

      I would never write a goodbye e-mail like that. No wonder you didn’t get an offer. Failed interns are best forgotten.

    • Chris says:

      You could have also run a spell checker over it before sending it. It’s ‘privilege’, not ‘privelege’. It’s a real pity that the helpful paper clip in Word no longer pops up. It would have said “Looks like you are trying to write a farewell email but have instead composed a soppy, negative, eulogy for a failed internship”. I can’t imagine why you didn’t get offered an extension.

  12. Greg says:

    terrible email. This is way overboard. It seems like you are more resentful about not getting the job and quickly try to gracefully exit. It’s evident that you are butthurt about it and it’s almost a direct shot at the people that didn’t extend you the offer. If you were hoping that the email would ignite them to jump out of the bushes and reconsider their position, you sealed any new hope of that every happening much less be a positive reference.

  13. Anonymous says:

    real useful!!!

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