5+ Alternatives to “Thank You For Your Time”

thank you for your time alternatives

Using the phrase thank you for your time can be a rather appropriate but overused form of closing a professional message. It signifies an extension of your appreciation to the reader. And shows appreciation to the reader during long messages.

What It Means

“Thank you for your time” or “thank you for your time and consideration” are phrases that are often used to close professional letters (cover letters, legal letters, employment offers, and professional emails) that are lengthy. It signifies an extension of the writer's acknowledgment toward the amount of time it may have taken the reader to completely comprehend the message.

It is a professional form of closing a message, containing very little emotion but a gratitude and “handshake” of respect between the reader and writer.

Where Is This Phrase Used

“Thank you for your time” or “thank you for your time and consideration” is most commonly used in cover letters. It closes a 500+ word cover letter message on behalf of the writer.

The second most common place for this phrase to be used is in lengthy emails or emails that contain action items associated with them. For example, an email that contains a request for research on behalf of the reading party may have a “thank you for your time” closing phrase to indicate an appreciation toward the time it will take to complete that action and respond to the writer's message.

In all cases, this closing phrase is used to end professional messages and is considered a formal closing versus an informal closing.

Why Search for Alternatives

Using the phrase “thank you for your time” may not sound unique. And for cover letters or business letters, in particular, it can lack the personality that triggers the visceral response you might want from the reader.

Alternatives to “Thank You For Your Time”

When we think about alternatives to this phrase, we need to consider the fact that we may have had the reader spend time thoroughly reading through our message. Or spending time in completing the task that we could have assigned to them in the message.

In order for our closing phrases to qualify as appropriate alternatives, we need to match that transaction of respect as the writer to the reader.

Here are proper alternatives to this popular phrase:

Here is how you would use one of the examples above:

I appreciate you taking the time to read this message,
Sam Smith

Other common alternatives to this popular phrase that would be incorrect or less professional:

These alternatives are too informal and don’t express gratitude toward the exchange of time you may be asking of the reader. Avoid these alternatives.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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