Here is a list of 40 ways to say thank you for your time and effort to show your appreciation for their hard work.
Career Guidance/Mentorship Related Thank You:
#1 Thank you for meeting me for lunch and offering your thoughts on my career path. It means a lot that someone as busy and accomplished as you would take time from [his/her] schedule to invest in me. The perspective and insights you shared were very helpful, and I am going to continue to think about what changes I might make in my career. I hope we can meet again next quarter so I can update you and get your further thoughts and guidance. Thank you truly for your commitment to mentorship.
#2 Thank you for all of your time, effort, patience, and guidance during these [past two years]. Your mentorship has been a game-changer, and I appreciate everything you’ve taught me. It is people like you that this world needs more of. I am so grateful to have you in my life.
#3 Until we had our discussion, I was headed down a path for my career that would have ended in sure failure. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me, and for turning me around onto the right path. I am eternally grateful for your guidance.
#4 It takes a special kind of person to dedicate time and effort to helping someone else navigate their career. I am very lucky that I found such a person in you. I want you to know that I admire who you are and know that my life has been enriched because of you. Thank you for helping me.
#5 You have utterly impressed me with your career path and all that you have achieved. I feel incredibly thankful that you have taken time out of your busy schedule to mentor me [this past year]. Without being able to learn from you, I would have no way of knowing so many of the things you have taught me. Thank you for choosing me.
Letter of Recommendation / Reference Related Thank You:
#1 I want to extend my thanks and appreciation for your time and effort in writing [an academic/employment] letter of recommendation for me. Although it is confidential and I cannot see it, I know that it will be very helpful with my application [to a certain college/for a certain job]. I know you are busy and that recommendations take a lot of time and thought. Thank you again. It really means a lot to me that you spent the time to write it for me.
#2 Thank you sincerely for the awe-inspiring amount of time and effort you spent drafting a recommendation letter for me. I am so impressed, and I am also so tremendously thankful to you. I will keep you posted on the results of my [college/employment] application.
#3 I realize that writing a college recommendation letter is probably not at the top of a [teacher’s] list, but I deeply thank you for writing one for me. It likely was not easy nor fast, yet you took the time out of your busy schedule to do it for me. Thank you for the kind things you wrote. I am truly grateful for your help, and I will let you know [the results/where I decide to go to college].
#4 I was a little surprised when I was asked for a character reference and was not sure who to ask. Thank you for being there when I needed you and being able to rely on you supporting my character for [my housing application/legal situation/child adoption]. I realize that there was not a lot of time for you to write it, and I sincerely appreciate that I was able to rely on you. Thank you so much for helping me. I will never forget it.
#5 Thank you for being a professional reference for me during my job hunt. I am incredibly grateful that I can give your name and phone number to my potential employer and know that you will say great things about my past job performance and work ethic. It is not easy out there in the job market these days for me, and I am truly lucky to have a friend in you. Thank you for your time and effort in helping me.
#6 It meant a lot to me that you wrote a rental reference for me to help me secure a new apartment. I really enjoyed it when you were my landlord, and I hope my new landlord is just as kind and friendly. I thank you for your graciousness to me while I lived in your building, and I am looking forward to a new chapter of my life. Thank you again. The time and effort you spent on the reference have been very helpful.
Resume Related Thank You:
#1 Thank you for helping me draft my [first] resume. I fully recognize all the time and effort that you spent and that it takes to draft one essentially from scratch. It looks fantastic and is a result I could not have achieved on my own. I am eternally grateful for you helping me get off to a solid start with this incredible resume. Thank you very much.
#2 Thank you for the time you took to review my resume and for the feedback which has refined it and made it more substantive. With this improved resume, I feel confident that I am making a good first impression on the job screeners and will get more interviews. Thank you for vastly improving my chances of landing a good job during my search process.
#3 You have my absolute heartfelt thanks for your incredible contribution to improving my resume. It is a testament to your character that you acted so selflessly in dedicating your time and effort to helping me out. Your fresh eyes on my resume found some things I missed, and your suggestions for tightening the text have resulted in a resume that looks much more professional. Thank you so much.
#4 My resume needed some help, and I know that your review took a colossal amount of dedicated time and effort. Your thorough review and valuable suggestions for improvement demonstrated integrity for which I am so grateful. Thank you for helping me create a resume that puts my best foot forward.
#5 It has been quite a while since I have updated my resume, and I appreciate your time and effort in giving me a detailed review of it. Your guidance is invaluable, and I am extremely grateful for your help. I am in the process of implementing all your suggestions and carefully proofreading my resume so I can use it to apply for jobs. Thank you again.
Interview/Job Search Related Thank You:
#1 Thank you for the informational interview, and for the time it took to be as informative and as thorough as you were. I left with a much clearer understanding of what it is like to work in your field, and I appreciate your effort to help me navigate my own career.
#2 Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about my job search methodology and the next steps in my career. I appreciate your insights and suggestions and offer to talk to your friend about ideas for job openings in my field. I know you have an extremely busy schedule, and the time you took with me and the effort you have made really goes above and beyond. I deeply appreciate it.
#3 Thank you for your time on the phone call the other day. I appreciated you listening to what I was doing to find a new job and sharing your thoughts on the next best steps. If you think of anyone else who I could talk to, I would be very grateful for the introduction. Thank you again for your time.
#4 It was a pleasure to meet you during our interview [yesterday]. I appreciate your transparency about [the work demands and environment] and left with a very positive impression of your office. Thank you for taking the time from your day to speak with me, and I hope to meet you again. If you have any further questions for me, please do not hesitate to contact me.
#5 Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the job market the other day and offering suggestions on who might be hiring. I am in the process of making a list of potential employers in my area who may have a need for someone with my background and would be thankful if you have time to review it and let me know if you know anyone who works inside those companies for an introduction. Again, thank you for your valuable insights and your time. I truly appreciate your effort on my behalf.
Work-related Thank You:
#1 Thank you for taking the time to cover for me while I was away. It was great to know that you were there managing my work while I was [sick/on vacation]. I could [focus on getting well/relax and have fun] knowing that everything was being handled well. I will not forget how you stepped up for me in my absence, and please know I am there to cover for you when you need it.
#2 I heard that you mentioned me over lunch. Thank you so much for your time and effort in bringing me to the attention of someone so influential. It will be helpful going forward to be on his/her radar. Much appreciated.
#3 Thank you for taking your time with me and for making that extra effort to assist me in getting me up to speed on my responsibilities here at work. You have helped me start off running in this job instead of crawling. Your help will allow me to perform better right away, and I sincerely thank you.
#4 Thank you for helping me complete the [assignment/project]. Having your help was critical to getting the work done well and on time. It felt good to be working on a team with you to get the work done, as it was a stressor for me to manage on my own under the time constraints. I hope to return the favor sooner rather than later.
#5 Thank you for your time and effort in training me to fulfill all of my responsibilities correctly, as well as all of your helpful tips. As a new employee, it was such a relief to be helped out by someone as capable as yourself, and I thank you very much.
#6 Thank you for your time and effort in preparing the presentation. It was thorough, informative, interesting, and professional. It is evident that you worked hard on it, and the result was fantastic. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
#7 Thank you for the time and effort you put toward helping me find all the right materials for the project, at the best cost. Your involvement saved me a good deal of money and allowed me to get the materials ordered more quickly than if I had to do it all on my own.
#8 Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to talk to the boss about my potential promotion and put in a good word for me. You didn’t have to do that, and I appreciate your effort and thoughtfulness.
#9 Thank you for going out of your way to come and pick me up for work. I know that it makes you have to get up and go earlier, and I thank you for your time and for being so reliable.
#10 I really appreciate you showing me the ropes here at work. There are always things to learn about the job and the office environment when you are new, and I appreciate that you went out of your way to help me get integrated quickly. My gratitude to you runs deep. Thank you.
General Thank You:
#1 You have blown me away with your commitment and dedication. Thank you for giving it your all. It did not go unnoticed by me.
#2 Not just anyone can achieve what you have with your admirable time and effort. That takes someone truly special. Thank you for everything.
#3 I know that took a colossal amount of dedicated time and effort. It demonstrated your integrity and powerful inner strength. I am impressed and so grateful.
#4 It certainly takes a bighearted and committed individual to do what you have done. You have left me in awe of you. Thank you for all of your incredible efforts.
#5 You are like the effort of a whole troop combined into one dynamo of a person. What a fantastic effort. Thank you so much for all of your time.
#6 That was simply incredible. You clearly commit wholeheartedly to whatever you are doing. I am so thankful for all that you have done, and I appreciate the effort you put in.
#7 I have such deep respect for your diligent efforts and how much time you have taken to do this so well. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.
#8 You have utterly impressed me, and I am incredibly thankful for all that you have done. You are a very special kind of person to do all of this with such finesse.
#9 My gratitude to you runs very deep. I am so aware that this took a huge amount of care, time, and effort. Thank you.
#10 My absolute heartfelt thanks for your incredible contribution. It is a testament to your nature that you acted so selflessly, putting in this amount of time and effort.
#11 It is such a nice feeling to know I can rely on someone like you. It is a gift and a wish come true. Thank you for all of your time and effort.
#12 It likely was not easy nor fast. Yet, you did it with grace and unsurpassable talent. My deepest thanks for everything you have done.
#13 Wow, what an awe-inspiring amount of effort you have demonstrated. I am so impressed. I am also so tremendously thankful to you.
#14 You did it. You absolutely superseded all expectations, and I hope you are very proud of yourself. I am not only proud of your contributions, but so very thankful for them.
#15 It takes a strong, determined person to put in so much consistent time and effort. You are marvelous. Thank you a million times over.
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