Dear (Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms.) followed by last name,
Your introductory paragraph should inform the company that you are planning to retire. Explain that you are retiring from (your position) with (name of company) effective (date).
In the main body of your retirement letter, include any details such as when you began working with the company, your employee ID number, positions held, etc. Also in this area, include details regarding continued coverage of medical or dental benefits that have been previously discussed with the human resources department.
You will also want to include a forwarding address or contact information in the body of your retirement letter especially if you plan to move in the near future. Many former employees receive correspondence regarding insurance coverage, pension and other areas after retirement. This also protects you legally should the HR department fail to change your information in the employee database.
In closing, express your gratitude to the company for the chance to work for them. You can include any information here that you like about how you enjoyed your job, will miss the company and your co-workers, etc.
Sign your name above the typed signature. To make your retirement letter professional in appearance, use simple easy-to-read fonts and white or cream colored stationery. As you can see, writing a retirement letter is not that difficult. Use the tips and guidelines above, and your letter will leave a good impression on your employer, while stating all of the pertinent details.