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Ways to Thank Someone for Their Time

Kindness is the language the deaf can hear, and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

And rightly so! 

A touch of gratitude and courtesy always goes a long way in building and maintaining relationships. And respecting the time anybody expends on you is your fundamental responsibility in a humane society. Like it or not, thanking someone for lending a hand or even as simple as giving you advice is key to healthy mutual respect.

John is in total disarray with the new project. He is already working on 3 projects, and the 4th one has just too much for him. He decides to discuss this with his colleague, Joanne, who advises him to talk to the manager and tell her about the issue. He politely thanks Joanne for the advice and proceeds to talk to the manager.

This applies to a sea of situations, some of which you will come to know in the course of the next few minutes. But, always remember, people like John are respected and are deemed approachable because of their gracious attitude. Don’t you aspire to be someone like that?

Why is it important to thank someone for their time?

Using a thank you to appreciate someone’s effort is a gesture which can win you the ticket to the next round of interview. Not using it, in fact, may affect you losing a client or a job opportunity. So, the question is, which side of the tunnel do you want to be on?

The best career advice anybody can give you is learning to appreciate the contribution of others in different phases and facets of life. It is going to help you in every step you make to move forward in life in search of excellence.

It is, thus, essential that you know how to draft an email to thank someone for their time.

Amicable ways to thank someone for their time

This is an attempt to clarify the usage of appreciative gestures and present myriad examples for your clearer understanding. The next time you are in a situation where you need to resort to someone’s help, you will not have an awkward silence but rather amicable pleasantry.

Go through the next few samples for the same.

  • General thank you

This is expressed even in the smallest of circumstances, in the normal course of our daily life.

Tim is having a hard time loading his truck with some of the stuff he is trying to move to his new home. Seeing him in trouble, his neighbor comes up and lends a helping hand. Tim heaves a sigh of relief and thanks his neighbor for the help.

You can also use these similar phrases for a professional appreciative gesture.

  1. Thank you for your time. I appreciate it.
  2. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much.
  3. Thank you!
  4. Thank you so much for your help.
  5. Thank you for your time. It helped.
  6. Thank you for your assistance/cooperation.
  7. Appreciate it. You have been a great help.
  8. I must sincerely thank you for helping me out with the remedy.
  9. You have been a great help. Thank you.
  10. I must thank you for being a tremendous help in such a precarious situation.
  • Personal thank you

Emily is facing several problems on various fronts, including her job at Amazon, relationship, and a couple of fights with some of her friends. Distracted, frantic, and in need of advice, she confided in her childhood friend Rina. She called her up and talked about the problems. After venting to Rina, she felt a little lighter and talked for some time. She thanks Rina for being there for her in such a struggling time. Her friend was just glad she could help out.

In life, you should never take people’s kindness or time for granted. Ensuring them that it has been a great help and that you are thankful, are things you must not forget. 

Listed below are some ways to express it in a few words.

  1. I am grateful for your help. It means a lot to me. Thank you.
  2. You lifted my spirits today. Thank you for being a great friend.
  3. Thank you for listening. Appreciate it.
  4. I cannot thank you enough for helping me out with my project at such short notice. I could not do it without you.
  5. Thanks for being such a great helping hand. We did it!
  6. Have I told you enough how amazing a friend you are? I just wanted to thank you for that.
  7. I am slowly losing the count of times I am telling you this – but thanks for standing up for me. Appreciate it.
  8. Thank you for your time earlier today. I am thankful for your advice.
  9. I know I can always trust you. Thank you for being you!
  10. You are someone I can always count on. Thank you.
  • Work-related thank you

It is no rocket science that you need to be equally thankful in your workspace too. Thanking your colleagues for helping out is an effort you must consciously give. Make sure to leave no stone unturned to do so. 

You can also take the help of these samples to get a better idea of what is it that you need to do.

  1. Thank you for the help today. I appreciate it.
  2. I have to thank you for how things worked out. It has been great working together.
  3. I cannot be thankful enough for the assistance you provided today. Again, thank you.
  4. Thanks a lot for helping me out with the repository codes. It worked!
  5. I am thankful for this opportunity. I will make sure I don’t let you down.
  6. Thank you for trusting me with the project. I could not have done it without your support.
  7. By the way, thanks for that suggestion before. Our manager is considering it.
  8. I cannot express how thankful I am for these inputs. It’s going to help me out a lot. Thank you.
  9. Appreciate the feedback. Thanks. I will be on it right away.
  10. Thank you for the help in the urgent delivery. I needed a hand. Thank you for being there.
  • Professional email thank you

Professionalism is a state of mind. Not a paycheck. – Cecil Castle

Thank you notes are the best way to communicate your appreciativeness in the shortest amount of time unless, of course, you can say it in person. Then, always say it in person. 

If you are wondering how to thank someone for their time in an email, here are some samples to help you out:

End your email with:

  1. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity. I will get it done.

Sincerely,

Your name

  1. We would not have made it in time without your help. Thank you for helping out.

Thanking you,

Your name

  1. It was really helpful of you to cover our back in such a tough spot. Thank you. Glad it all worked out in the end.

Thanks again,

Your name

You can also write just a short thank you note in the email when you are in a hurry or working on the clock. Some of them can be:

  1. Hey Dave

Thanks for the help today with the validation process. Appreciate it.

Your name

  1. Hi Tanya

I am just dropping a mail to let you know you helped out a great deal with this new responsibility. Really appreciate it.

Thank you,

Your name

  1. Hello Sasha,

Thank you for covering my shift today. I needed it.

Thanks again,

Your name

  1. Hey Matt,

Thank you for the help earlier today. I couldn’t have done it without your suggestions.

Your name

  1. Hey Adam,

Your edits worked a charm. It was a great help. Thank you.

Your name

  1. Hi Sarah,

Guess what? Your inputs are accepted, and we are running by a final check. Thank you so much. We were in a fix.

Thanks again,

Hannah

You must also thank your boss, appreciating him/her for putting in a word of how hard you are working lately. Here is how it needs to end:

  1. Thank you for trusting me and my efforts. It really means a lot to me. I will make sure I do not let you down.

Sincerely,

Your name

  • Interview thank you

You make or break in an interview by small margins, and often, you will not even be able to identify what cost you the interview. Well, matters of respect and thankfulness carry a heavy price if you do not adhere to the norms. You can also follow up with a thank you note email later for better impact.

You can go through the following samples to up your chances of finding yourself in the next round, or maybe get the appointment letter!

  1. Thank you for your time. Appreciate the opportunity.
  2. I am thankful for this exposure. Thank you so much.
  3. Thank you for this opportunity. I will give my best to hold my end of the bargain.
  4. I am grateful for the feedback. I will implement them in my future endeavors. (Yes, even when you are turned down!)
  5. I really needed this. Thank you so much for believing in me.
  6. Thank you for this golden opportunity. I am confident I will be able to return your faith.
  7. Thank you for being so understanding of my situation. I really appreciate this consideration.
  8. I am thankful for your benevolence. I will put my 100% into my work. Thank you.
  9. Thank you for trusting my abilities. I will not let you down.
  10. Thank you for the interview. It has been a great learning curve for my future.
  • Job referral/recommendation thank you

It is a cut-throat era of who can complete the earliest, be it in any strata of life. In such a docile situation, where everyone is your competition, it is really helpful to get any referral or recommendation for a job. 

So, always thank the person who is doing it for you. Here are some agreeable ways to do so:

  1. Thank you for the referral. I will check it out as soon as I can.
  2. I have been on the hunt for a long time for such an opportunity. Thank you!
  3. I cannot wait to give it a try. This is a big step-up for me. Thanks a lot!
  4. I was slowly starting to wonder if the States is out of jobs. Thanks for this. Really appreciate it.
  5. Hey! It is an amazing opportunity for me to start my career. Thank you so much!
  6. This recommendation will help me out a lot more than you can imagine. Thanks a lot!
  7. Thank you for the referral today. They hired me! Thank you!
  8. This is a great help and means the world to me. Thank you so much for the recommendation.
  9. Thank you for referring me to ABC Company. I love the place. Appreciate it!
  10. This is a great chance to prove my worth. Thank you so much for referring me and for putting faith in me.

Trivia

Amazing tips to use the right lingo in your professional thank you note

  • Do not use shortened forms like thnx, thx, etc.
  • Be curt. Do not be rude. There is a thin line. Do not lose it.
  • Refrain from using words like dude, kickass, or other unsavory languages.
  • Maintaining a cheery tone is encouraged.
  • Make it a point to proofread and be a Grammar Nazi when it comes to any official email.
  • Thank you greetings for professional meetings

Business meetings and professional meetings are your chance to make it big! Getting that coveted client, or just making an unbelievable impression in front of the company’s managerial board - meetings are your magic beans to reach the heights of success. Make sure you present a version of yourself that is thankful for the opportunity and the chance you got to communicate with them and discuss the prevalent scopes. 

Here is how you can do so:

  1. Thank you for your time. I would like to discuss anything which you might want to ask now.
  2. Thank you for this meeting. Hopefully, we will have more of these in the future, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
  3. This has gone great. Thank you for your valuable time.
  4. Thank you for the valuable suggestions. I will incorporate them into the project.
  5. This meeting is going better than I hoped. Thank you for being here.
  6. As usual, it is a pleasure talking business with you. Thank you.
  7. I think we can now agree that we have cleared the misunderstandings. Thank you for your cooperation.
  8. I cannot thank you enough for agreeing to meet today at such short notice.
  9. Thank you for the time today! We hope to devise something on which we can both agree upon—looking forward to working together.
  10. Truly, this went well. Thank you, everyone, for coming. I will keep you updated on any fresh developments.
  • Thank you for the advice

If you are looking for some advice, and you are helped out with some, it is a responsibility to convey your gratitude. 

Some great ways to do so are:

  1. Thanks for helping out when I needed it.
  2. I am thankful for your supportive advice.
  3. I cannot express how thankful I am for the advice you helped me out with. Thank you.
  4. Thank you so much for being there for me. Really appreciate it.
  5. I am grateful for the support. Thank you for the valuable advice earlier today.
  6. You have been a great help with the advice off late. Thank you so much!
  7. You are a great friend who gives amazing advice. Thank you!
  8. Hey, your advice helped! Gracias!
  9. Thank you for your advice! I needed it.
  10. Thank you for understanding and helping me out with your helpful words.
  • Service/volunteer also demand a thank you

When somebody is helping you out, especially with some sort of service, or volunteer work, you would come across as an ungrateful person if you do not thank them. 

If you do not, you should be ready to look for other people for help, because the previous ones are certainly not particularly happy about your reluctance. 

Want to make sure that doesn’t happen?

Go through the following career advice to be a gracious and grateful human being:

  1. Thank you for babysitting the kids. Really appreciate your help at such short notice.
  2. Thank you for helping me out with the extra work. I owe you one—big time.
  3. It is a great help getting you working by my side. I could not have done it alone. Thank you.
  4. It’s incredible how you managed everything. Thank you so much for your efforts.
  5. I am grateful for you coming to volunteer here today. Thank you so much.
  6. It has been great having you help with the work. I am glad this is working out. Thank you.
  7. I am appreciative of the efforts you put into my project at a moment’s notice. Thank you.
  8. Thanks a lot for coming up at such a late hour. But I needed a hand. Thanks!
  9. I am indebted for such a huge help at the hour of need. I cannot appreciate it enough. Thank you so much.
  10. Thank you for your time today. It has been a great help.


  • Thank you for providing information

In the 21st century, information runs the world and its mechanisms. Anyone helping out with information needs to be appreciated.

You can go through these examples to get an idea of what you need to do.

  1. Thank you for the information.
  2. Thanks for taking out the time to give me this information.
  3. It has been a great help. Thank you.
  4. I appreciate you for assisting me with the required information. Thank you.
  5. I am grateful for your punctual assistance in such turbulent times. Thank you so much.
  6. Thank you for your time.
  7. It’s just what I was looking for. Thank you for helping me.
  8. Thanks for being a kind help in finding me the requisites. It is very generous of you.
  9. This is going to help me a lot in my project plans. Thank you so much.
  10. I would like to express my gratitude for the help you provided me with. Thank you.
  • Thank you for donation

Philanthropy lies at the heart of human greatness. – Patrick J. Ryan

It is important that you thank anyone who is donating for a cause or for your organization. So, there is only reluctance on your part if you forget to do so. “Nobody likes a careless person, Chad!”

Some great ways to not be like Chad are given below.

  1. Thank you for your generous help. It really means a lot to me.
  2. I am indebted to your contribution in these trying times. Thank you so much.
  3. This is really a free-handed contribution. Really appreciate it. Thank you.
  4. I am thankful for your kind gesture for my efforts.
  5. This will help me a lot. Thank you.
  6. It means so much to me. Thank you for your generosity.
  7. It is a tremendous contribution and a huge help for me to step forward. Thank you so much.
  8. This will be a great boost for my start-up. Thank you for putting your faith in me.
  9. It is kind of you to make such a magnanimous donation. Thank you so much!
  10. I cannot express how happy I am about your plenteous contribution. Thank you!
  • Thank you for the gifts

Gifts lighten up the room. It breaks the ice in so many awkward situations. Oh, and it makes people happy too! But what makes it complete? The words you are looking for are “thank you.” You need to thank the person who is giving you a gift, be it your friend, family, or colleague. It is probably no breaking news to you at this point, but in case you are caught off-guard, searching for words, remembering these might take you out of a fix!

  1. This is a lovely gift. Thank you!
  2. This is just the thing I have been looking for. Thank you so much for the gift.
  3. It is the perfect gift for my dog. Thank you!
  4. I love this! Thank you so much.
  5. It is a marvelous gesture. Thank you. I really appreciate it.
  6. This is such a pleasant surprise. Thank you!
  7. I adore this. Thank you so much for this thoughtful gesture.
  8. This is a great gift. Thank you.
  9. I totally needed this. This is so observant of you. Thank you.
  10. You must have put plenty of thought into this. Thank you so much!
  • Thanking for internship

Internships are the first stepping stones to success. It, therefore, becomes your responsibility to leave a positive mark in the organization you are associated with. More so because does a bad name really help your cause? 

Thanking the employer for the closure is the least you can do. Be rest assured, if you continue down the path, this will help you in either making you wiser or will make you understand the lesson the hard way. It’s a win-win situation for you, right? So, buckle-up and be the difference. Here are some ways to do so:

  1. Thank you for this great opportunity. This will help me in my future endeavors in more ways than a few.
  2. I have made a lot of progress in developing my coding skills working here as an intern. I want to sincerely thank you for helping me to attain significant improvements in my weaker fields.
  3. Thank you so much for letting me become a part of this organization. With the closure I have received here, I am sure it will be a great boost for aspirations. Thank you.
  4. I am grateful for the opportunities I received here. I want to thank you for the support and help I received throughout my short stay.
  5. It has been a lovely experience working in this esteemed company. Thank you.
  6. I am really lucky to get such an understanding team and management. I am really thankful for the patience you have shown in me.
  7. This experience has helped me hone my skills and be better prepared for my next ventures. Thank you so much.
  8. Thank you for such a pleasant experience as an intern here. It has played a key role in understanding data analysis better.
  9. I want to thank you and your team for providing such a great stage to evolve as an aspiring android developer. Thank you so much!
  10. This will be a memorable experience for me. Thank you.

Develop an attitude of gratitude. - Brian Tracey

When you are thinking of ways to thank someone for their time, you can rack your brains and catch these tricks up your memory lane. Thanking someone is a common courtesy, and no matter the circumstance, do not be the person who is never invited to the party! Also, if you’re wondering how to write an email for business purposes, keep in mind that a courteous thank you note must also be a part of it.