My Exit Letter to co-workers after 23 Years of Service

By  | January 15, 2011 | Filed under: Employment, Job Loss, Job Termination

careers & job lossBack in November, I was told that my job was being eliminated. Since then, I have been blogging about my experience with the feelings & events that one endures when this news is delivered.

My last day on the job was January 14. Before I left, I felt compelled to send out one last email to all my co-worker pals. My exit letter included quotes from Kirby Puckett & Joe Buck

Tomorrow is my Last Day! I Want to Thank You ALL!!!

I was told back in 1987, by my initial training class for Inside Sales, that I would be a (Name of Company Here) “Lifer.” I considered this a compliment, and aspired to fulfill that destiny. My “Tomorrow “seemed inevitable: I would retire from this organization after many years of hard work, but as my favorite baseball player of all time Kirby Puckett once said,

“Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us!”

After 23 years and a few months of working for the (Name of Company Here) Family, I am here to report that the Puck was right. There is no such thing as a guarantee, and tomorrow, January 14, 2011 will be my last day here.

My position in Marketing has been eliminated due to a reduction in force. I just wanted to send a Thank You to some of the “Two turkey families”, current & past co-workers, Norm’s and Hang-up softball teammates.

My first pay check in 1987 was spent on Game 6 & 7 World Series tickets and a U2 Rattle & Hum concert at the St. Paul Civic Center. The last one will be spent on Huggies pull-ups, Caribou coffee, Wild Tickets and Sesame Street Live with Elmo.

I am grateful for the career & earnings from my seasons with this organization. More important, I have gained something more valuable: MY FAMILY, My home team! I met my wife in 1996 on the softball fields in the (Name of Company Here) League. The softball days were great! We won Championships, attended weddings, saw kids grow up and created our own unique social network.

Today we are truly blessed with two beautiful kids. I love them dearly, and some days working for them is more challenging than working at (Name of Company Here). I look forward to spending more time with the kids, at least in the short-term, until I can procure a new job.

There are so many different things to write as I reflect on the past two decades under these St. Paul & Eagan roofs. I saw this entire campus get built from the ground up and witnessed first hand how a private company can morph into a corporate dynasty. Don’t even get me started on the technology!

We all know that life is very unpredictable. Just like “Puck” my favorite Minnesota hitter would never choose striking out over getting a hit, losing my job isn’t something I would chose right now. But life happens, and like baseball there are ups and downs in it.

Everybody strikes out, goes through down times, slumps, and misfortune from time to time. But the great ones, the fabulous players, the ones like Mr. Puckett, were ones that just kept on swinging anyway.

I am going to do just that. I will keep swinging, I will keep trying, and something good will come from all of this. The sun will come out, life will be good, and like Jack Buck said about Kirby in Game 6 from 1991

“We’ll see you! TOMORROW NIGHT!”
It’s been a great run everybody. I will miss you all, and this place very much. God Bless!

I strongly recommend that people who are going through job loss emotions, share a personal note with their closest “job friends” before they leave their place of employment. It just feels like the right thing to do, and helps with closure.

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2 Responses to My Exit Letter to co-workers after 23 Years of Service

  1. Marcus "Mookie" Anderson January 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks Jared. I am actually having fun at home. I will be driving through Duluth next weekend. Heading up to Isphmening, Mi for a Super Bowl Party. Go Steelers

  2. Jared January 17, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Sorry to hear about this Mookie! Keep your head up bro, opportunity awaits!